Assure cyclone-affected farmers of paddy procurement: Andhra Pradesh chief minister tells MLAs

YS Jagan said officials should relax the rules for procurement to do justice to farmers. Purchases to be done through Rythu Bharosa Kendras.

ByPTI

Published Dec 13, 2023 | 11:41 AMUpdatedDec 13, 2023 | 11:41 AM

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On Tuesday, 12 December, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed YSRCP MLAs and officials to assure farmers affected by Cyclone Michaung that the government will buy their wet and discoloured paddy.

The Chief Minister gave these directives at a review meeting on cyclone-affected crops and paddy procurement held at his camp office.

“The Civil Supplies Corporation would purchase the wet and discoloured paddy from the farmers and the same message should be clearly conveyed to them,” Reddy told the MLAs, according to an official press release.

If needed, he said that officials should relax the rules for procurement to do justice to farmers, noting that purchases should be done through Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) while the Civil Supplies Corporation will transport paddy to rice mills.

‘Pay insurance to affected farmers’

Besides the steps initiated to give input subsidies to farmers, the chief minister instructed officials to pay insurance to those farmers who suffered crop loss under the free crop insurance scheme.

Meanwhile, officials apprised the Chief Minister that crop loss enumeration work has begun and the lists would be displayed from 19 to 22 December at RBKs for social audit.

Following the district collectors’ scrutiny, they said the final compensation lists would be sent to the government by the month-end.

Further, Reddy directed officials to ensure that input subsidy is paid to farmers before the Sankranti festival.

Related: Snail-paced relief infuriate many in Michaung-whipped AP

Central team to visit 4 districts

Apart from the state’s relief measures, a five-member team constituted by the Union government is also scheduled to visit four districts in Andhra Pradesh to estimate the losses caused by Cyclone Michaung, said an official on Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority managing director BR Ambedkar said that the team will visit Krishna and Bapatla districts on Wednesday, and Nellore and Tirupati districts on Thursday.

“A five-member team headed by Rajendra Ratnoo, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management will visit the affected places,” said Ambedkar in an official release.

In the wake of Cyclone Michaung, which made landfall near Bapatla town in the eponymous district, the southern state suffered extensive damage along most of its coastline.

Related: Cyclone Michaung leaves trail of destruction in Andhra

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