Standing crops spread over 1.75 lakh hectares in Gujarat have been affected by the hailstorm and unseasonal rains that lashed the state between February-March 2015, official sources said.
According of the preliminary assessment (as on April 16, 2015), the maximum crop damage has been reported from Uttar Pradesh (29.64 lakh hectares), Haryana (22.24 lakh hectares) and Rajasthan (16.89 lakh hectares), stated Union Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbai Kundariya in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The other states affected by the unseasonal rainfall include Madhya Pradesh (5.70 lakh hectares), Maharashtra (9.89), Punjab (2.94), Uttarakhand (0.39), Himachal Pradesh (0.67), Bihar (1.86), J&K (1.33) West Bengal (0.49), Telengana (0.01) and Kerala (0.01), the statement added.
“State governments have been requested to take immediate steps to address the notified calamities by utilizing the funds under SDRF (State Disaster Relief Fund). States have also been advised to submit memorandum, if additional financial assistance is required from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and in the meantime utilise the contingency fund of the state, if SDRF is exhausted,” stated the minister. Memorandum have been received from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana seeking financial assistance from NDRF in wake of hailstorm.
The Government of India has also released the first installment of Central share of SDRF in advance of Rs 413.50 crore for Rajasthan, Rs 114.50 crore for Jammu & Kashmir and Rs 253.125 crore for Uttar Pradesh during the period 2015-16.