Central team in Orissa to assess drought situation

A seven-member Central team on Monday arrived here to assess magnitude of drought and quantum of crop loss due to inadequate rainfall during this monsoon in Orissa, official sources said.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 21:28 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: A seven-member Central team on Monday arrived here to assess magnitude of drought and quantum of crop loss due to inadequate rainfall during this monsoon in Orissa, official sources said.

The Central team lead by SKG Rahate, joint secretary, ministry of Agriculture, would visit eight of the state`s 17 districts declared as drought hit by the state
government.

"We will like to cover maximum area during our stay in Orissa," Rahate told reporters after reaching here. The seven member team would be divided into two groups to study the real situation at the ground level, he said.

Earlier, the state government had submitted a memorandum to the Centre seeking an assistance of Rs 1516.74 crore to meet the situation created due to drought in 17 of
the state`s total 30 districts.

The team would make on-the spot assessment on November 22, 23, 24 and 25 before returning to Delhi. The team was also scheduled to meet the Revenue and Disaster Management minister SN Patro and chief secretary BK Patnaik after visiting the
affected areas.

The Central team would visit worst hit Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Baragarh, Boudh, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Angul and Dhenkanal, sources said.

PTI