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Ten-member Central Govt team begins tour of drought-hit districts

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Belagavi: With an aim to assess the crop losses suffered by the farmers owing to scanty rainfall during Rabi season and also make a study of the drought conditions, a ten member team of the central government on Wednesday, February 24 commenced its tour of the state.

The team headed by K K Mishra, deputy secretary in the ministry of power and comprises Brajesh Srivastava, consultant to the ministry of drinking water and sanitation and Ramakrishna, under secretary to the ministry of rural development comprised officials of various central ministries – divided into three sub-groups. They started with the tour of Belagavi and Kalaburagi revenue divisions to study the extent of crop losses.

The team which was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner N Jayaram, visited various villages including Mohare, Hanabarhatti and Gajamanal in Nesargi hobli of Bailhongal taluk in Belagavi district. It interacted with farmers who explained their plight as they only managed a yield of only 30-40 kg of jowar per acre.

During their visit to Gajamanal village, the team inquired workers over the availability of employment under MGNREGS. The team also visited Chachadi, Tadasalurum and other villages in Savadatti and Ramdurg taluks before heading to Vijayapura district.

Speaking to the media, Mishra said that after taking stock of the drought, that the team would hold a high-level meeting with officials in Bengaluru on February 26 to discuss the drought. He said the situation was alarming.

 

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