Tamil Nadu declared drought-hit
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Tuesday announced entire districts in the state drought-affected in view of the adverse drought faced by state.
2016 ? What can i say ? – One of the worst drought year to Tamil Nadu and one of the worst Cyclone to hit Chennai… https://t.co/i8qDWrMC1i
— TamilNadu Weatherman (@praddy06) December 31, 2016
Panneerselvam said, government initiated a number of relief members like slashing taxes to help farmers in all the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu.
He also announced a relief package of about Rs 7000 to farmers to tackle drought in the state. The state has received scant rainfall during the northeast monsoon, added officials.
About 17 farmers committed suicide, said officials adding that government has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each to families the victims those who took their lives.
Government has asked district Collectors to come with a detailed report on the farmers’ suicide, further added sources. Panneerselvam said, the state will soon request assistance from the Centre to help the farmers.
Cooperative banks have so far distributed loans to the tune of Rs. 3,028 crore for relief measures and all of them will be considered as medium term loans soon, added officials.