Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Friday declared the discharge of crop insurance claims worth Rs 4,500 crore for 19 lakh farmers whose fields were damaged by heavy rains last year. Chouhan made the announcement while visiting Khategaon area in Dewas district, which has been majorly affected by heavy rainfall over the last two weeks.
The Chief Minister met farmers and evaluated the extent of the damage, particularly to soybean crops. Madhya Pradesh is the country’s biggest producer of the oilseed.
In his first visit to the region, Chouhan promised all help to farmers. Encouraging farmers to protect their crops, he also extended the deadline of PM Fasal Bima Yojana to August 31.
State Congress President Kamal Nath, a day earlier, had constituted a team of five Congress leaders to visit Datia to assess crop damage. Nath was to submit a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for a relief package.