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Maharashtra government orders assessment of unseasonal rain damage to crops covering 50,000 hectares

The Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation department has ordered the assessment of crops damaged by unseasonal rains and hailstorms in 11 districts. The affected crops include jawar, wheat, mangoes, oranges, bananas, and Rabi, affecting over 50,000 hectares of land in Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, and more.

The weather bureau predicts more unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the next two days, causing concern for farmers. State Agriculture Minister Dhananjay Munde has instructed district administrations to complete assessments promptly for government assistance. However, due to the model code of conduct, financial aid declaration is restricted.

Amid ongoing Lok Sabha elections, opposition parties have criticized the government for crop damage. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assures necessary support to affected farmers. Crops in Amravati, Akola, and Buldhana suffered significant damage, prompting backlash from the NCP(SP) towards BJP’s handling of the situation.

NCP(SP) accuses BJP of using farmers for votes while denouncing the government’s insensitivity towards farmers’ woes. The government promises relief but faces challenges due to election regulations. The situation highlights the urgent need for assistance to agricultural communities facing loss.

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