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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately distribute Rs 506 crore to the farmers affected by recent unseasonal rains.

The central government has taken a serious note of farmer suicides.Voicing concern over the issue, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has requested Uttar Pradesh government to immediately distribute 506 crore rupees, given to the state under the disaster relief fund, among the farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

Singh, who visited some areas hit by recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm, told farmers that the Central government was fully aware about their plight and taking all possible steps to provide them succour.

He further said that the centre has replaced the Farmer Insurance Scheme with the new Insurance Scheme based on the earnings of the farmers which will benefit farmers in such circumstances.

The Home Minister also assured farmers of Uttar Pradesh to take up the issue of compensation with the state government.

The central government has taken up various steps for the benefit of farmers affected by the unseasonal rains.

Some relaxation has also been given to farmers in terms of subsidy and the government has decided to give full compensation to farmers whose 33 per cent crops were damaged.

Bank loans to farmers has also been restructured.Insurance companies have been asked to resolve crop insurance payments at the earliest.

During his visit, Rajnath Singh has also asked authorities to immediately address complaints of farmers concering the renewal of Kisan credit card.

The problems of farmers are not only limited to losses because of unseasonal rains.Sugarcane farmers are also bearing the brunt.On one hand where the amount owed by sugar mills to farmers has risen, Sugar mills are also battling with low prices due to high duty and low domestic and global demand.

Worried about the situation, the centre held a meeting with farmers' leaders from 13 sugarcane-growing states.

The rabi crops have been extensively damaged in North Indian due to unseasonal rains and wheat and mustard have been affected badly.

The damaged in various affected states are closely monitored and efforts are made to help the farmers who have been affected due to this.The central government is aiming at providing speedy assistance to affected farmers in these states.

@BJ – 17.04