Agricultural damage due to recent rains is being assessed by the Rajasthan government
Govind Ram Meghwal, the minister of disaster management and assistance for Rajasthan, told the Assembly on Monday that an assessment was being done to determine the extent of agricultural damage brought on by the recent rains in the region.
He said that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will be contacted about a unique assistance programme for farmers. According to the minister, farmers have lately experienced crop losses as a result of unexpected rains and hailstorms, and district collectors have been instructed to perform an assessment to determine the extent of the damage.
At the zero hour, Meghwal told the house that instructions had been given for the payment of agricultural input subsidies to qualifying farmers who had suffered losses from frost, cold waves, and hailstorms in December and January.
According to the rules of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), help would be given to farmers afflicted by crop failure from January through March, the speaker said. Meghwal said that a discussion on this would also take place at the cabinet meeting and that the state government plans to provide a special package to provide the most help to the affected farmers.
He said that directives for the examination of agricultural damage caused by hailstorms were issued on January 29 and January 30. According to the assessment reports, more than 33% of crop loss hit 18,422 farmers in 75 villages across 5 tehsils in the districts of Kota and Udaipur.
Meghwal said that there is no information concerning agricultural loss in 19 other districts, but that after getting information from the other 12 districts, SDRF regulations would be followed.
Similar to that, instructions for a specific inspection of crops damaged by hailstorms were given on March 8. Meghwal said that the assessment report revealed 8,293 farmers were impacted in 69 villages across 6 tehsils in Kota and that actions will be taken in accordance with findings from other districts.
Rajendra Rathore, the deputy leader of the opposition, confronted the administration about the problem by claiming that the affected farmers had yet to get compensation. He voiced his displeasure with the government's response, and as a result, the opposition staged a walkout.
The bulk of the crops have been harmed by the unseasonal rainfall, according to Amber Legislator and BJP state president Satish Poonia. The government should perform a special evaluation and provide compensation to the farmers as quickly as possible, according to Poonia, who claimed that 20 villages in his area had experienced crop loss as a result of the recent downpour.