The UP government halts any tax recovery relating to agriculture

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Due to Uttar Pradesh’s inadequate rainfall this monsoon, the state administration on Wednesday decided to halt all revenue recovery linked to agriculture until a study on the effects of the bad monsoon on farmers is complete.

On Monday, Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister, presided over a high-level review meeting in which this decision was made.

A spokeswoman for the administration claims that Chief Minister Adityanath instructed the Tax Department to temporarily stop collecting land revenue. Additionally, he requested that the power agency postpone collecting the electrical debt for irrigation tubewells.

“The CM has ordered staff to refrain from cutting off electricity to farmers’ tubewells in the event of unpaid debts. The energy department has been ordered to extend the hours of power delivery in rural areas, while the irrigation department has been told to keep canals at the right level of water, the spokesperson continued.

A drought survey has also been mandated by the government for the state’s 75 districts. The survey team, which includes a tehsil-level official, a second district magistrate, a district agricultural officer, and a district horticulture officer, will be led by the district magistrates.

According to the spokesman, each district magistrate has been instructed to deliver the survey results within a week. If there are any errors or delays, the DM in question will be held responsible.

According to statistics, rainfall in 62 districts across the state has been below average. Therefore, it’s critical to give farmers relief, the CM said, according to government quotes.

Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi stated, “The government would take additional steps after receiving the district-by-district drought survey data. The government has also agreed to provide free mini-seed kits of vegetables, pulses, and oil seeds to farmers to compensate their losses.

Manoj Kumar Singh, the commissioner for agricultural production, claimed that Chitrakoot was the only district to have experienced 100% rainfall this monsoon. “Rest, there has been a shortage in rainfall throughout all districts… In comparison to last year, it is estimated that rainfall has increased by an average of 55%. Out of 75 districts, 35 districts barely received 50 to 60 percent of the total rainfall this monsoon, according to Singh.

He stated that this is the first time in over three decades that the state has had three consecutive months of below-average rainfall.

The Indian Express stated on September 1 that in 2022, Uttar Pradesh had the driest June to August period in 122 years. Since June 1, the state has received 332.6mm of precipitation, which is 44% less than average for this year.

In contrast to the typical amount of 238.6mm, this year’s July rainfall in UP was 148.1mm. 139.7mm of rain fell in the state in August, compared to 219mm that is considered average.

According to monthly rainfall data for UP published by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), August rainfall this year was the sixth-lowest recorded since 1901.

In fact, only the past four decades have seen five of the UP’s driest June to August periods on record. 1987 (349.3 mm), 2009 (365 mm), 1996 (392 mm), and 2014 were among them (394.3mm).

The average seasonal rainfall in Uttar Pradesh is 696 millimetres. July contributes 34% of the total rainfall throughout the monsoon season, while August roughly 31%.