Jaipur: Rajasthan government tonight
declared 26 out of 33 districts of the state as "scarcity hit"
following insufficient rains and failure of kharif crop.
The state government, after considering crop assessment
report of collectors of 33 districts, issued a notification to
this effect, an official spokesman said.
State Calamity Management Authority, headed by Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot, will hold a special meeting tomorrow to
finalise a memorandum that will be submitted to the central
government seeking financial assistance to meet the exigency.
Based on the crop assessment, the collectors found that
more than 50 per cent of the kharif crop wilted due to
insufficient monsoon rains.
The state government also announced relief work till 15
July, 2010. Among the districts facing scarcity are Pali,
Jodhpur and Jaipur.