Central team admits drought in Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sundargarh and Angul region of Orissa

January 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The Central team on Thursday admitted that the State was severely affected by drought. After visiting the drought-affected areas, the 12-member Central team called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed the issue with other senior officials here on Thursday. The State officials headed by Chief Secretary TK Mishra held a detailed discussion.

“The State has already given its own assessment and certainly we will look into the State demand,” said Atanu Purukayast, Joint Secretary of Union Agriculture Ministry.

The team visited a number of drought-affected areas of Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sundargarh and Angul. They have also discussed the issue with senior officials. Moreover, the State has already placed a demand of Central funds to expedite drought relief work.

“The State in a memorandum given to the Centre on December 19 demanded Rs 2,257 crore to carry out drought relief measures,” said Special Relief Commissioner NK Sunderray.

He further said that in two phases, the State had already received Rs 172 crore. “We have requested to send another team to assess the damage caused by the floods that had come on the Mahanadi river system,” he said.


Entry filed under: Agriculture, Agriculture and Irrigation, Athmallik, Farmer Suicide, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Region watch, Sambalpur, Sundergarh.

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