Bihar: Diesel subsidy for farmers hiked by Rs. 10/literLast updated on Jul 22, 2018, 08:06 pm
Bihar government today hiked subsidy on diesel by Rs. 10/liter to Rs. 50 that will be given to farmers for irrigation purpose in view of the drought-like situation prevailing in the state.
Delayed onset of monsoon in Bihar led to a 48% rainfall deficit so far.
The decision was taken today at a high-level meeting of Ministers and officials chaired by CM Nitish Kumar.
Power tariffs have also been reduced
Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said, "The distribution of diesel subsidy would start from tomorrow."
Besides, it has also been decided at the meeting to reduce the power tariff from existing 96 paise to 75 paise per unit for agriculture purpose, Kumar said adding that distribution of transformers, which in normal course is replaced within 72 hours, will now be done within 48 hours.
Number of water tankers to be increased to 500
The Chief Secretary said that seeds for alternative crops will be supplied by July 28 to every block.
Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) has been asked to increase the number of tankers to 500 from the existing 175, he said.
The CM said there was no paucity of funds as disaster victims have the first right over the state's coffers, he said.