With the release of Rs. 1,712.1 crore for drought-hit Karnataka from the Centre’s National Disaster Response Fund, about 10 lakh farmers will receive compensation for crop loss during monsoon and rabi seasons during 2016-17.
So far, Rs. 671 crore compensation had been released to 1.21 lakh farmers by the State government. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra told presspersons that compensation would be paid through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) to about 10 lakh farmers in the next 10 days. Deputy Commissioners and Agriculture Department officials have been instructed to verify the Aadhaar numbers and bank accounts of farmers, he said. Compensation of Rs. 18,000 would be paid per hectare on irrigated lands, Rs. 13,500 per hectare in rain-fed areas, and Rs. 6,800 per hectare in drought-prone area.
The State government had sought Rs. 4,702 crore, the Centre had released only Rs. 1,712.1 crore, Mr. Jayachandra. The Centre had not released funds for drinking water and purchase of fodder for domestic animals, he said.
The Minister said that a total of Rs. 200 crore would be released to tackle drinking water problems in drought-hit taluks of the State with severity of summer more in Hassan, Tumakuru and Chitradurga districts. More than 600 private borewells had been hired by Deputy Commissioners.