Drought in Odisha: Naveen asks the DMs to submit report by Oct 15 next

03 October, Bhubaneswar


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday directed all District Collectors in the state to submit report about the crop and rain fall situation in their respective areas by October 15 next.

Presiding over a review meeting here,  Patnaik said the government will make a realistic assessment about drought situation in the state by October 30 next considering the reports submitted by the district collectors and various guidelines formulated for drought management.

Official sources here said, so far the state has received 1028.3 mm of rainfall against the normal rainfall of 1144.3 mm. During June to September while nine districts have received less rain fall than the normal, 20 districts have received normal rainfall and one district has received more than the normal rainfall.

So far, 114 blocks of the state were affected by less rainfall. On an average, the state has received 10.1 per cent less rainfall than the normal during the period.

The meeting was told that against the target to cultivate 61,525 lakh hectares of land during khariff 2017 as many as 59,809 lakh hectares of land was cultivated. Out of it, paddy was cultivated in 36,261 lakh hectares of land.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to energise the LI Points and ensure smooth flow of water in canals in areas affected by less rainfall. He also directed to see that the people get enough work under the MGNREGS.BM

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