Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned a sum of Rs2,247 crore as drought relief to more than 3.2 million farmers, chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said on Tuesday.
“Based on the assessment done jointly by the revenue and the agriculture department, it was found that 5,034,237 acres of land belonging to 3,230,191 farmers have been damaged and Rs2,247 crore would be sanctioned as a relief assistance," said Palaniswami in a statement.
He mentioned that between 1 October and 31 December last year, the state witnessed only 168.03 mm of rainfall leading to a severe drought. The North East monsoon— considered as the lifeline of Tamil Nadu— records an average of 440 mm rainfall.
On 10 January, former chief minister O. Panneerselvam had declared Tamil Nadu a drought-hit state and it was announced that land tax would be waived for agricultural land.
The government had said at the time that crop loans taken out by farmers from cooperative banks and commercial banks will be treated as medium-term loans.