Pondy announces relief of Rs 20,000 per hectare for drought hit-ryots

Last Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 18:57

Puducherry: Puducherry government on Sunday announced Rs 20,000 as relief to drought-hit farmers for a hectare of paddy field lost in Karaikal.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy told the territorial assembly that with non-availability of water in cauvery system, crops on 4,749 hectares had been hit in Karaikal.

The government made a survey of the situation and it had been decided to provide a relief of Rs 20,000 per hectare of paddy field in Karaikal, he said.

Rangasamy made the announcement in the Assembly in response to pleas made by ruling AINRC legislator P R Siva, the independent member V M C Sivakumar (both hailing from Karaikal) and by opposition AIADMK legislator A Anbalagan.

Earlier the House witnessed noisy scenes with Anbalagan making out a strong case for relief to drought hit farmers.

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First Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 18:57

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