Drought Mission to submit its report by next week

The `Drought Mission` set up by the Mamata Banerjee government would submit its report before the Chief Minister as well as State Planning Board by next week for utilisation of World Bank funds worth Rs 1,380 crore.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 13:31 PM IST

Kolkata: The `Drought Mission` set up by the
Mamata Banerjee government would submit its report before the
Chief Minister as well as State Planning Board by next week
for utilisation of World Bank funds worth Rs 1,380 crore.

"The report prepared will be sent to the Department of
Agriculture followed by fisheries and horticulture for
observation before submitting it to Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee and State Planning Board by the end of this month,"
Water Resources Investigation and Development Minister Soumen
Mahapatra said.

The report would contain recommendations of long and
short term strategies for combating drought, the minister
said, adding the focus would be on surface water management,
accelerated rain water harvest and conservation, de-siltation
programme and ground water management.

Recommendations of the report would be implemented mainly
with the help of World Bank`s long-term soft loan worth
Rs 1,380 crore in six years, besides departmental budgetary
allocation and Centre`s assistance.

"For implementing recommendations of the report a total
of Rs 495 crore will be spent annually comprising Rs 230 crore
annual loan from the World Bank and the rest from state budget
and Centre`s assistance", the minister said.

PTI