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Hydro-meteorological disasters damaged over 2 lakh hectares of agricultural land

"Agricultural land damaged due to heavy rain"

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on Tuesday that hydro-meteorological calamities have damaged slightly more than 2 lakh hectares of the cropped area so far this year.

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Tomar stated that 66.55 lakh hectares of cropped land had been damaged in 2020-21.

However, he stated that as of July 27 this year, 2.024 lakh hectares of land had been damaged due to heavy rains and floods/hazards.

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Gujrat experienced the most severe damage, followed by Kerla, Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, and Goa during the same time period.

According to the minister, states use the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), which is already available to them, to implement relief measures in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Following receipt of a memorandum from the state, additional assistance is extended from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in accordance with established procedure.

Following that, an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) is formed and dispatched to assess the damage and the need for funds for relief operations in accordance with existing items and norms.

The minister said that the IMCT report is reviewed by the National Executive Committee’s Sub-Committee (SC-NEC). The High-Level Committee (HLC) then approves the final amount of financial assistance.

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