Drought-hit Bihar to seek 15,000 cr package

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Patna, Aug 5: Drought-hit Bihar is likely to seek a special financial assistance from the centre.

The Bihar government will seek a special financial package of Rs 15,000 crore from the Centre to tackle drought in 28 of the state's 38 districts.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to be in New Delhi on Aug, 7 to press for the package under the provisions of the National Calamity Contingency Fund.

This year (2010) the shortfall in rains has badly hit paddy sowing and transplantation in Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, Nawada, Patna, Rohtas, Kaimur and Nalanda.

The Bihar government on Tuesday, Aug 3, declared 28 of the state's 38 districts drought affected due to 20 percent rainfall deficit.

In 2009, 26 out of 38 districts were declared drought-affected following deficient rains.

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