Central team to suggest financial assistance for Bihar
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 21:53
Patna: Describing the drought situation in Bihar as "bad", a central team today said it would submit a report on it to the Union Agriculture Ministry in a day or two suggesting measures and financial assistance to be provided to the state.

"The situation is indeed bad because of poor monsoon", the 11-member team which ended its three-day visit to Bihar, said during a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, official sources said.

The team headed by Joint Secretary of Union Agriculture Ministry R K Tiwari had surveyed 12 of the 26 drought-hit districts.

Kumar had asked the team to submit a fact-based report to the Centre about the prevailing situation and apprise it of the state's preparedness to tackle the problem, the sources said.

The steps taken by the state government included providing diesel and seed subsidy to farmers, drinking water to far-flung areas of Rohtas and Kaimur districts in water tankers and food and fodder distribution.

Kumar during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had demanded a central package of Rs 23,000 crore to tackle the situation arising out of the calamity.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 21:53

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