UP seeks quick release of Rs.7,543 crore

Lucknow, July 10 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has sought immediate release of Rs.7,543.14 crore from the National Calamity Contingency Fund to disburse compensation to farmers who suffered crop loss in unseasonal rains earlier this year, an official said on Friday.

A large number of farmers suffered large-scale crop loss and damage in the unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in February, March and April.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav informed him that the state has already disbursed Rs.3,446.70 crore as relief to over 84 lakh farmers who suffered loss of crops due to the hailstorm and excessive rains in February, March and April.

The central government, meanwhile, is yet to release any amount in this regard even after on-the-spot inspection undertaken by central team of officials and ministers, the chief minister wrote.

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