22 December, Bhubaneswar
Odisha government today announced to provide Rs 100 crore additional input subsidy to the share croppers in the drought-hit areas in the state.
Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said the government had already provided Rs 113 crore input subsidy to the share croppers earlier and decided to provide an additional Rs 100 crore input subsidy to them.
Mohapatra said the Rs 380 crore assistance released by the Central government from the NDRF was towards the pending Phailin assistance.
The state was to get Rs 399.83 crore from the Centre towards the assistance for the damage caused by the cyclonic storm Phailin and the Centre released Rs 380 crore yesterday after repeated request.
He said, no drought assistance was released by the central government so far.
Mohpatra said the central team had submitted its report to the Union government on December 19 last after visiting the drought affected areas of the state.
The amount of drought assistance would be decided after the Inter Ministerial Group presided over by the Union secretary, Agriculture and the High Level Committee, chaired by the Union Home minister reviewed the report.
The state in a memorandum to the central government said 215 blocks spread over 26 districts were affected by drought and sought an assistance of Rs 2,200 crore,