The Bihar Government has released Rs 13 crore towards diesel subsidy by the agriculture department, bringing some relief and cheer to farmers facing drought-like situation due to the deficient and uneven distribution of rainfall to irrigate kharif crops.

Official sources said the State agriculture department would provide diesel subsidy of Rs 20 a litre to boost irrigation of kharif crops due to uneven distribution of rains in some districts.

The State Cabinet had, at its meeting held on July 19, sanctioned Rs 200 crore as advance from Rs 619.75 crore of the Bihar Contingency Fund, as diesel subsidy to boost kharif yield in view of deficit rainfall in the first fortnight of June.

(This article was published on July 29, 2012)
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