Odisha CM announces package for Cyclone Fani-hit people  


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced package for livelihood support to Fani affected people.

Patnaik said agriculture Input Subsidy of Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare in assured irrigation areas and Rs 18,000 per hectare for all types of perennial crops will be provided.

While 1 lakh vegetable mini-kits will be distributed in Cyclone-affected districts, betel farmers to get Rs 15,000 each while mushroom cultivators will get Rs 40,000 per unit and Rs 25,000 per hectare to banana cultivators.

“Cattle rearers will receive Rs 30,000 per milking cow and buffalo, Rs 25,000 for bullock and Rs 3,000 for goat. Farmers/SHG members will be provided Rs 50,000 for rebuilding cowshed while fish farmers will get Rs 12,200 per hectare and SHG units will receive Rs 10,000 extra seed money,” said Patnaik.

Community investment fund at the rate of Rs 1 lakh per women SHG and affected groups will also be extended.

Similarly, Rs 50,000 will be provided to Take Home Ration producing affected women SHGs.

As per the Situation Report released by the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), at least 1,50,94,321 people have been affected in 14 districts – Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri.

A total 159 blocks, 52 ULBs, 16659 villages, 5,08,467 houses and 87,39,657 livestock were affected and 34,56,362 livestock casualties were also reported.

Puri is the worst hit as the extremely cyclonic storm made landfall nearby Puri on May 3 causing widespread damage to the power, water and communication facilities.

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