Central team to study drought in MP

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Bhopal, Jan 2: A central team will tour Madhya Pradesh to study the drought situation caused by scarce rains in Bundelkhand region of the state, official sources said today.

The Agriculture Ministry had already formed a team headed by National Water-fed Area Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr J S Sharma to study the drought situation in Sagar, Gwalior and Rewa divisions.

The state government also formed a state-level team comprising Agriculture Principal Secretary, Public Health Engineering Secretary, Director Veterinary Services and Commissioners of Gwalior, Rewa and Sagar divisions to collect information after field visits to apprise the central team.

Information about input subsidy to farmers, drinking water position, availability of fodder, employment-oriented schemes and measures to prevent drought would also be collected.

Though the state received fairly average rains last year in most areas, Gwalior, Rewa and Sagar divisions got less rainfall posing severe drought situation. The state government also suspended recovery of land revenue and started relief works to provide employment to the needy, official sources said.

The state government also amended the Revenue Book Circular to declare even a small patch of area as drought affected. Earlier, a particular tahsil was declared drought-hit after crop assessment.


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