The Centre has constituted a nine member Inter-Ministerial Central Team to assess the drought situation in Haryana and recommend financial assistance required for the state.
The Centre Tuesday said the price spike in onions is due to artificial scarcity and asked the state governments to take firm action against hoarders.
The government on Friday said monsoon deficiency is at 21 per cent so far and expressed concern about the slow pace of sowing of coarse cereals.
India`s farm production in the Kharif season could fall by 15-20 percent due to poor monsoon that has resulted in drought situation in 252 districts in ten states, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.
Rajasthan government has declared 26 out of the 33 districts of the state as scarcity-hit following insufficient rains and failure of kharif crop.
Day in Pics: 22nd December
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