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Only 40% farmers aware of relief packages: CAG

April 25, 2008 16:05 IST

Only 40 per cent farmers in farmers' suicide-prone Vidarbha region were aware of the prime minister's and state goverlment's relief packages, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

The CAG report on performance audit of farmers' packages was tabled in the State Legislative Assembly on Friday.

Altogether 41,663 farmers in 383 villages in Washim, Yavatmal, Amravati and Buldhana districts of Vidarbha region were covered in the sample survey.

Majority of farmers (71 per cent) owned land upto two hectares, the report said.

"The second largest group was of those farmers who held land in range of two to six hectares," it said.

Those reporting land holding in range of two to six hectares were 40 per cent and around six per cent reported land holding of more than six hectares, CAG said.

Only eight per cent farmers confirmed visit of any government official in 2006, the report said. Only 1.3 per cent farmers reported taking loans from unregistered moneylenders, while 55 per cent farmers in the sample survey reported taking loans from banks.                                                                                                   

In the overall sample survey, only 0.65 per cent farmers reported suicide cases in the family, the CAG report said. It was maximum at 0.9 per cent in Yavatmal and minimum at 0.5 per cent in Buldhana, CAG said.

Almost 60 per cent of those reporting suicides felt that no proper action was taken by concerned authorities after the suicide incident, it said.

"Almost 46 per cent claimed that they did not get any assistance (after the suicide), 23 per cent got the assistance during the time span of one to three months and only 4 per cent claimed that they got the assistance within a month," the report said.

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