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CM wants panchayat-wise drought report

Bhubaneswar, October 3, 2017: With less rainfall during this monsoon affecting many parts of the State and threatening to impact crops and agriculture, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday convened a high-level meeting and took stock of the situation here at the State Secretariat.

The CM directed district Collectors to assess the crop situation panchayat-wise in their districts and submit a detailed report by October 15 without fail.

The state has received 10.1 percent less rainfall this season between June and September and 114 blocks have been affected.

The CM directed officials to give top priority to protection of crops and agriculture in affected areas.

“All lift irrigation points should be immediately functionalized and canal water managed with proper planning for full utilization by farmers. MNREGA projects should be intensified to ensure adequate work and livelihood for people,” the CM directed.

“We will do everything to protect our farmers from the natural calamity. A comprehensive drought assessment will be made by 30th October after receiving ground reports from Collectors. All steps will be taken to mitigate the problems of the farmers,” said the CM.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty, Cooperation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi among top bureaucrats attended the meeting. 

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