Central team to assess drought situation in Bihar

A Central govt team will arrive on Wednesday to make an on-the-spot study of drought-hit districts of Bihar.

Updated: Aug 19, 2009, 09:32 AM IST

Patna: An 11-member Central government team
will arrive here Wednesday to make an on-the-spot study of the
drought-hit districts of Bihar, state Disaster Management
Principal Secretary Vyasji said.

The team led by joint secretary to the Union Agriculture
Ministry R K Tiwari would leave for the drought-hit areas by
choppers to assess the situation, Vyasji told.

Altogether 26 of the 38 districts of Bihar have been
declared drought-hit. Districts under Magadh, Munger, Saran
and Tirhut divisions are among the worst affected.

The central team which has been divided into three groups
will visit different districts and hold meetings with senior
officials, including district magistrates, he said.

After completion of district-wise assessments, the team
will hold a meeting with top officials in the state capital
and also meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on August 21.

The team would brief the senior officials in the union
ministry and suggest the package to be given to the state for
handling the situation, he said.

Nitish Kumar had requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
to send a high-level ministerial team to assess the situation
arising out of the natural calamity in the state.

Bureau Report