Orissa: Input subsidy to farmers, not land owners

Bhubaneswar: Orissa government on Saturday decided to give input subsidy to cultivators instead of land owners for the damage of kharif crop due to the floods in the state.

The decision to give benefits to real farmers was taken at a stock taking meeting chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik here. "The village committees will identify the actual cultivators who sustained crop loss due to the floods," Revenue and Disaster Management minister SN Patro said.

While actual farmers suffer loss due to damage of crop during calamities, the land owners usually get compensation, Patro pointed out adding that the chief minister this time decided to give input subsidy to the real cultivators.

Though the share croppers do not have land documents, they will get benefits, the minister said.

The chief minister also issued instructions to district collectors to submit the actual crop damage report to the government by end of October so that the input subsidy could be distributed in the month of November.

According to preliminary estimation, two spells of floods caused damage to standing crops in about 4.38 lakh hectare of land.

Patnaik also asked officials to distribute 1.1 lakh seeds among farmers for the ensuing rabi crop.

Meanwhile, BJP's central team led by Gopinath Munde visited several flood affected areas in Puri district and alleged that both the Centre and the state government have failed to manage floods properly.

Governor MC Bhandre also visited flood affected Gop and Kanas area of Puri district.