7 districts facing drought-like situation in Orissa

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: As a drought-like situation looms large over seven of the thirty districts of Orissa due to scanty rainfall, the state government has directed the officials to energise all the defunct lift irrigation points, repair the bore wells on war footing and release water in the canals.

Orissa Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal said the state government released Rs 11 crore for the energisation of Lift Irrigation Points and repair of bore wells to tide over the situation.

The crop was seriously affected in Malkangiri, Baragarha, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Khurda, Nayagarha and Sundergarha districts as these districts recorded less than the normal rainfall during the current year and received no rainfall since the past one month.

Mr Samal said the Special Relief Commissioner had been asked to provide Rs seven crore for the enersisation of LI points and Rs four crore for the repair of bore wells.

The Minister said the SRC was asked to provide funds immediately as the farmers of these seven districts needed water supply in their fields.

He said the district administrations were also asked to use diesel pumps to supply water to the crop fields in case they faced any problem in energising the LI Points.

Mr Samal said he had requested the agriculture department to release compensation amount to farmers affected by the recent flood and take steps to remove sand from their fields to ensure that the rabi crop was not hampered.

He said the agriculture department was also asked to help the farmers to control the pests in the areas affected by the recent flood.

Mr Samal said pesticides would be provided to farmers at a 50 per cent subsidy in 22 districts covered by the Food Security Mission.

UNI

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