Hyderabad, Feb.10 (NSS): The Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy today informed the Central Team that according to primary estimates, the total extent of losses/damages caused due to heavy rains, cyclones, floods like Laila, South West Monsoon, Jal etc. during the last one year is Rs. 12,500.83 crores. Hence he asked the Central Team to recommend for liberal Central Assistance. He told the team that the total amount already sanctioned by the State Government towards input subsidy, temporary restoration and immediate relief is Rs.2,214.14 crores.
The 8-Member Inter-Ministerial Central Team led by R R Jha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs today met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at the Camp Office. The Team told the Chief Minister that they have toured four districts to study the damages/losses caused by the heavy rains caused due to depression in Bay of Bengal in December last. The team toured the affected districts of Krishna, Khammam, East and West Godavari between February 7 to 9.
The Chief Minister told the Central team that the losses and damages caused by the heavy rains from 5th to 8th Dec.2010 were more severe than that of cyclone, and crops that came to the hand were fully damaged and agriculture and horticulture in an extent of 12 lakh hectares were lost. More than 24 lakh farmers, a large number of them being tenant farmers have lost their kharif crop due to drastic fall in crop yields. He said the calamity though classified as depression and heavy rains in fact was a calamity of severe nature in view of the unprecedented damage caused to standing crops.
The State Government announced a special package for farmers and distributed input subsidy by raising it from Rs.4,000 to Rs.6,000 and also rescheduled the crop loans. The Chief Minister said that since they have waived the interest on crop loans, the State Government has to bear an additional burden of Rs.350 crores. The Government of India was under the impression that the Central Team which was touring the State in December last was also studying the losses/damages caused due to the heavy rains during December 5 to 8, . 2010. However the present Central Team has come to the State in response to the representation made by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The Chief Minister explained to the Central Team that besides, farmers, tenant farmers and artisans, even weavers also suffered huge losses during these rains. He said the FCI is procuring the discoloured paddy following his request. He said 12 out of 16 districts are severely affected by the heavy rains suffered consecutively in the four calamities that occurred during 2010.
The Chief Minister also assured that the State Government is taking all steps to see that there is no overlapping of areas in the damages reported under agriculture & horticulture crops in calamities that occurred during 2010 kharif.
The Central Team–II led by Mr R R Jha consisted of S.E., Krishna Coordination Circle, Central Water Commission, Hyderabad, Mr.A. Paramesham; Deputy Director, Department of Expenditure, New Delhi, Mr. Deena Nath and Asst. Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI,. Mr B.P. Nagar. Smt. Usha Rani, Commissioner, Women Development & Child Welfare accompanied the Central Team II to Khammam and Krishna Districts.
Central Team I consisted of Joint Director, Directorate of Jute Development, Mumbai, Mr S.M.Kolatkar; Deputy Adviser (PAMD), Planning Commission, Planning Commission, Mr Raj Pal Singh; E.E., Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Hyderabad, Mr.A. Krishna Prasad, Director (SGSY), Ministry of Rural Development, GoI., Mr Jagdish Singh. Mr M Subramanyam, MD, Beverages Corporation accompanied the team to West and East Godavari Districts.
Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Special Chief Secretary to CM, J Satyanarayana, Principal Secretary, Finance, L V Subramanyam, Additional Secretary to CM, N. Sreedhar and other officials attended the meeting.(NSS)