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Odisha Chief Minister has announced a special package for drought affected farmers

Bhubaneswar:16/11/18:Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik has announced a special package for drought affected farmers with crop loss of more than 33%. Affected small and marginal farmers will get ₹6,800 per hectare in rain fed/non-irrigated areas, ₹13,500 per hectare in irrigated area and ₹18,000 per hectare for all types of perennial crops. He announced 100% remission of cess on land revenue and compulsory basic water rate for the affected farmers while additional 50 man-days will be added under MGNREGA. Tuition fees and examination fees in government and aided schools and colleges in drought affected areas will be waived off. He directed that one lakh pulse mini kits, 30,000 oilseed mini kits and 20,000 vegetable mini-kits will be distributed while immediate steps will be taken to give quality seeds for Rabi season. Farmers will be provided 3,000 pump sets at 50% subsidy, 1,000 solar pumps at 90% subsidy, 3,000 sprayers at 50% subsidy.
Shri Patnaik said that the short term Kharif loans advanced in the affected areas will be extended up to 30 September to convert them to medium term and fresh finance for Rabi cultivation during current Rabi season. He also said Government of India will be requested to provide interest incentive of 3% for medium term (conversion) loans for prompt paying farmers.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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