Bihar govt to seek assistance of Rs 1510 cr from centre for drought
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 20:25
Patna: Bihar government has prepared a supplementary memorandum seeking financial assistance of Rs 1510 crore for rest of ten districts declared drought-hit by it following deficient rainfall.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on August seven met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought an immediate financial assistance of over Rs 5000 crore from the Centre to tackle the drought situation in 28 of 38 districts which were declared drought-hit in Bihar earlier.

"We have prepared a supplementary memorandum for seeking additional help from the Centre for the districts of Gopalganj, West Champaran, Khagaria, Saharsa, Supaul, Katihar, Araria, madhepura, Purnia and Kishanganj," state Disaster Management department sources said.

"A team of state officials went to New Delhi this afternoon to submit the supplementary memorandum to the Centre", they said.

Bihar is facing a severe drought-like situation because of scanty rainfall.

Right from 2007, the state has been suffering from natural calamities. In 2007, 22 districts were badly hit by floods that affected 25 million people. In 2008, the state had to face Kosi tragedy. Thereafter in 2009, 26 out of 38 districts were affected by drought.

However, the intensity of drought is much more than the last year, official sources said.


First Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 20:25

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