Question raised in Rajya Sabha on destruction of crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms, 31/07/2015

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on destruction of crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms, 31/07/2015. In the month of February-May, 2015 many States like Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Telangana were hit by hailstorm followed by unseasonal rainfall. These States submitted Memoranda seeking financial assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in the wake of hailstorms. The main Rabi Crops affected were wheat, maize, mustard, gram, pea, lentil, vegetables, etc. Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC) had constituted Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) to visit the affected areas for assessment of the ground situation and recommendation of financial assistance. Details of financial assistance sought/approved from the NDRF and amount released from SDRF for hailstorms affected State is annexed.