New Delhi: Thursday's meeting of EGoM on drought has been postponed and it is likely to take place only after Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's visit on August 11 to Punjab and Haryana, two other states hit by deficient rain, according to a senior government official.
"The EGoM meeting has been postponed and is likely to be rescheduled after the minister's tour to Punjab and Haryana this weekend," the official said.
Pawar heads the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) on drought. He is scheduled to visit these two states on August 11 and hold meeting with respective chief ministers.
Pawar had yesterday briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on drought-like situation in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan after his visit to these states last week. He has also submitted a status report on these states.
In its last meeting, the EGoM had approved a slew of measures, including a relief package of about Rs 2,000 crore to states facing drought-like situation and 50 percent diesel subsidy to farmers to save standing kharif crops.
Monsoon rain is deficient by 20 percent in June-July across the country. The IMD has indicated that there could be possibility of drought-like situation this year as monsoon rain is expected to be less than 90 percent.
Poor rain has hit sowing of most kharif crops so far with total sown area lagging behind by 10 percent at 74.88 million hectare as against 82.76 million hectare sin the year-ago, as per official data.
First Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 22:48