Centre to grant Rs 600 cr as interim relief to Maha farmers

New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) The Centre has decided to grantRs 600 crore as interim relief for Maharashtra farmers whosekharif crops were affected due to heavy rains in October,Minister of State for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala said inRajya Sabha on Friday.

Responding to queries during Question Hour, he said cropshave been affected due to rains not only in Maharashtra but inmany other states as well.

'Based on the first request made by the state government,we sent a delegation to assess the damage. Based on inputsof the delegation, we have taken an interim decision to grantRs 600 crore to help farmers. This is not the final one,' hesaid in the Upper House.

There were rains in Maharashtra during November as well.

The Centre is awaiting details from the state governmenton the extent of damage to crops, he said and added the actionwill be taken for release of grant after getting informationfrom the state.

Replying to another query on the central scheme PradhanMantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), the minister said aboutRs 3,100 crore has been made available to Maharashtra.

The funds are released after the state governmentcertifies eligible farmers. PTI LUXDV DV