Aurangabad, Maharashtra, May 15 UNI | 2 months ago

The Maharashtra government has released the third and final installment of the Rs 460 crore relief package to hailsorm-affected farmers in the Marathwada region comprising eight districts.

Around 17.17 lakh farmers from Marathwada region were affected after 8.05 lakh hectors of standing crops were ruined due to a month-long hailstorm rain. A total of Rs 994 crore relief package was announced by the government for the same.

Of that 994 crore, the government has already released Rs 510 crore in two installments, and the remaining Rs 460 crore was released yesterday, said sources from the divisional commissioner's office.

They said the relief package amount will be transferred directly into the affected farmer's bank accounts very soon.

Of the Rs 450 crore package, Osmanabad district will get 88.75 crore, followed by Jalna 86 crore, Parbhani 72.50 crore, Latur 58 crore, Aurangabad 51.50 crore, Beed 46.50 crore, Nanded 39 crore, and Hingoli 17.75 crore, they said.

Nearly 145 panic stricken farmers, including women in the region, have committed suicide since January 2014 till date by different means.

The region suffered from unseasonal rains from February 24 to March 23 during which period standing Rabbi crops like Jawar, Maize, Grams and other crops including horticulture were severely damaged.

The process of the Panchanamas to estimate losses were completed recently, sources said.

(Posted on 16-05-2014)