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Hailstorms: Maha seeks Rs 200 crore in aid from Centre

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

With hailstorms causing extensive damage to crops in and regions earlier this week, the government has demanded Rs 200 crore from the Centre for providing aid to farmers.

said here that hailstorms have affected crops over two lakh hectares.

"Most of the panchnama (inspection) reports of affected crops have been done on February 11 and 12. So far we have ascertained that crops on about two lakh hectares across 1,900 villages have been affected," the said.

"We have written to the Centre and sought Rs 200 crore. I will be meeting the Union Agriculture on February 22 in and press the demand," he said.

Compensation for the crop damage will be provided from the and also by companies, Fundkar said.

The financial loss caused by the hailstorms would be known by tomorrow, he said.

of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde alleged that crop damage inspection was being delayed.

In some parts, officials hadn't started the inspection/verification process even 72 hours after the natural calamity hit, the NCP alleged.

He found during a visit to a village in district, worst-affected by hailstorms, today that the panchnama process had not even started, Munde alleged.

"Many farmers complained that no has visited them. The government should not waste time in doing panchnamas. It should immediately announce compensation for farmers," he demanded.

Fundkar dismissed Munde's claim. "I have been in touch with district collectors. They were on the spot within three hours of hailstorms," the said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 17:40 IST
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