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    Maharashtra Doubles Compensation for Farmers Following Excessive Rain

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    Maharashtra Doubles Compensation for Farmers Following Excessive Rain

    Currently prevailing ‘National Disaster Response Fund’ norms stipulate a compensation of Rs. 6,800 per hectare for farmers’ land affected by a disaster. The cabinet decided to double the amount to Rs. 13,600.

    At its first meeting held this morning, the newly sworn-in cabinet of the Maharashtra government cabinet decided to double the amount of compensation for farmers affected by last month’s excessive rains.

    Currently prevailing ‘National Disaster Response Fund’ norms stipulate a compensation of Rs. 6,800 per hectare for farmers’ land affected by a disaster. The cabinet decided to double the amount to Rs. 13,600.

    In addition, the cabinet enhanced the maximum crop area for compensation to three hectares. According to earlier NDRF norms, compensation was limited to crop damage over a maximum of two hectares.

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    The cabinet has approved the establishment of a new government medical college with an admission capacity of 100 students and a 430-bed district hospital by upgrading the district general hospital attached to the college at Ratnagiri.

    The Maharashtra cabinet also approved the revised proposal for Mumbai Metro – 3 projects. The original cost of this project was Rs 23,136 crores. This has now increased by around Rs. 10,000 crores to Rs. 33,405.82 crores. The total length of the underground Mumbai Metro Route 3 is 33.5 km and the route has 27 stations, including 26 subways and one overground and it is estimated that 17 lakh passengers will travel daily by the year 2031.

    Chief Minister Eknath Shinde presided over the cabinet meeting.

     

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