Tamil Nadu, comprising 32 districts, will be declared drought affected in view of poor rainfall received during the northeast monsoon, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said on Tuesday.
He announced a slew of relief measures, including waiver of land tax for farmers, to tackle drought situation in the State.
Honourable CM Thiru.O.Panneerselvam declares Tamilnadu drought-hit; waives land tax for farmers; announces many sops for farmers. AIADMKOfficial Twitter
As 17 farmers had ‘committed suicide’ due to ‘various reasons’, the government would grant a solatium of Rs. 3 lakh to families of each of these farmers, he said.
As for media reports that highlighted farmers’ deaths due to drought, he said detailed reports were sought from Collectors and further compensation would be granted based on the reports.
As huge funds were required to protect people from drought, assistance from the Centre would be sought and a petition sent to the Centre at the earliest, Mr. Panneerselvam said in a statement.
The measures to tackle drought include efforts to convert crop loans from cooperative banks and commercial banks into medium term loans. Cooperative banks have lent loans to the tune of Rs. 3,028 crore this year and all of them would be converted into medium term loans.