Raipur, Dec 13: Chhattisgarh government on Dec 12 decided to release Rs 134.60 crore as compensation for the drought- affected farmers in the state.
According to official sources, following the announcement made by Chief Minister Raman Singh in this regard today, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department immediately issued orders.
"Barring Balodabazar and Sarguja districts, farmers from the remaining 25 drought-hit districts will be given a total compensation of Rs 134.60 crore for the loss of crop due to drought. Directions have been given to disburse the amount to the affected farmers immediately," an official said.
Priority will be given to the farmers whose crops have suffered losses between 67 and 100 per cent, followed by 50-67 per cent and lastly 33 to 50 per cent crop loss.
"The Divisional Commissioners have been directed to take a regular review of the disbursal," the official said.
Directions have also been given by the government to set up 'Kisaan Mitaan' centres for giving necessary suggestions to farmers in distress. This facility will be available on toll-free numbers.