Prime Minister to meet Chief Secretaries on delayed monsoon today

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will meet State Chief Secretaries here today to discuss the drought-like situation in the country.

The meeting will be attended by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar.

Issue like the status of monsoon, the sowing operation in the ongoing kharif season and the availability of vital farm inputs like seeds, fertilisers, water and electricity will be reviewed.

The meeting may also feature preparing for the coming Rabi season, revision in the macro-management of agriculture schemes, the availability of farm credit, and renewed focus on Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has declared 27 districts as drought-hit. The total number of drought-hit districts has reached 47.

The State Government had declared 20 districts as drought-hit.

Meanwhile, the Jharkhand Government declared the entire State as drought-hit due to inadequate rainfall in the last two months.

Earlier, the Council had declared 11 of the 24 districts as drought-hit.(ANI)

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