New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday said it has
not received memorandum from any state seeking aid under the
National Calamity Contingency Fund, even as five states have
already declared "drought/drought-like conditions".
On a question if the Centre has sent any team to the
affected states to assess the damage suffered, Minister of
State for Agriculture K V Thomas replied in the negative.
"Inter-ministerial central teams are deputed for
assessment of the situation on receipt of memorandum from the
drought-affected states seeking assistance from the National
Calamity Contingency Fund. No memorandum has so far been
received from any state for the current monsoon season," the
minister said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
So far, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and
Nagaland have declared either drought or drought-like
situation in some districts.
However, these state governments can avail funds under
the Calamity Relief Fund for taking necessary measures in the
wake of the drought, Thomas explained.