Bangla Govt distributes Rs 160 crore to Bulbul-affected farmers

The State has provided compensation to 4.66 lakh farmers, affected by cyclone Bulbul, so far. The State Government has spent Rs 160.28 crore for this, till date. The cheques have been prepared for another batch of 6.28 lakh farmers, for which the amount of compensation will be around Rs 219 crore.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed the administration to expedite the process of compensation for the affected farmers belonging to the districts of North and South Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Howrah, and Hooghly. Accordingly, the Finance Department issued the required funds to the Department of Agriculture.

A sum of Rs 13,500 has been fixed as compensation per hectare of land. A minimum of Rs 1,000 (for small land) and a maximum of Rs 27,000 is being given to the affected farmers. The money is directly transferred to the bank account of the farmers.

It may be mentioned that a delegation of the central government had visited the State on December 6-7 to inspect the Bulbul-affected areas. After a meeting with them, the Chief Secretary had submitted a request for compensation to the tune of Rs 23,811 crore. However, the Centre is yet to give a penny.

Source: Bartaman

Cyclone Bulbul: Mamata Banerjee to visit affected areas

Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would conduct an aerial survey of the areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali in South 24 Parganas, which have been affected by Cyclone Bulbul.

“Due to the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, I have decided to postpone my North Bengal visit in the coming week. Instead, tomorrow I would take an aerial survey of the affected areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali.

“Later I would take a meeting at Kakdwip with administration to review relief and rehabilitation measures of the cyclone-affected people. I am also planning to visit the cyclone-affected areas of Basirhat of North 24-Parganas on 13 November, 2019,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

She had been monitoring the situation at the control room set up in Nabanna throughout the night.

Cyclone Bulbul: Mamata Banerjee monitors situation all night from Nabanna

Bangla Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself monitored the preventive measures being taken from the control room at Nabanna. She was present at the State Secretariat all night. The State administration had taken all measures to tackle any contingency in view of Cyclone Bulbul.

She had earlier appealed to citizens to maintain calm and not to panic. “Cyclone Bulbul is about to pass through Bengal. Our state administration is closely monitoring the situation 24×7. We are taking all measures to tackle any contingency. Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed,” Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet.

Schools, colleges and anganwadi centres have been closed and more than 1.2 lakh people have already been rescued from the vulnerable coastal areas, she added.