New Delhi: The governments of Bihar and Jharkhand have sought for Rs 7,221 crore assistance from the Centre to provide relief to farmers in the two drought-hit
states, Parliament was informed on Friday.
"In the wake of deficit rainfall during South-West Monsoon 2010, Bihar and Jharkhand have declared drought hit and submitted memorandum seeking assistance of Rs 5,062.75
crore and Rs 2,157.77 respectively from the National Disaster Response Fund," Minister of State for Agriculture and Food KV Thomas informed the Rajya Sabha.
The government of Bihar has announced drought in 28 districts (out of 38) and Jahrkhand government in 16 districts (out of 24).
Inter-Ministerial Central Teams have been constituted to visit Bihar and Jharkhand to assess the drought situation and the requirement to Central assistance, the Minister said.
The IMCT recently visited Bihar in this regard.
"The first installment of central share for State Disaster Response Fund for 2010-11 has already been released to Bihar and Jharkhand for taking immediate measures in the
wake of natural calamities including drought, Thomas said.
The governments of Bihar and Jharkhand have sought for Rs 7,221 crore assistance from the Centre to provide relief to farmers in the two drought-hit