Odisha govt admits drought-like situation in state


Bhubaneswar: The opposition parties in Odisha assembly today pressed the government to admit drought-like situation has appeared in the state.

Though Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty was not ready to accept the claim of legislators regarding drought situation in Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Jharsuguda, Nuapada, Bargarh and some other western Odisha districts, the opposition made him accept a drought-like situation in several districts.

Leader of Opposition, Narasingha Mishra claimed that the drought reports submitted by district collectors are false as they have not visited the affected areas. The government should not take a decision based on these reports. He also asked the concerned minister to visit the affected districts with him to take stock of the situation of farmers.

At the end of the discussion, Maheswar Mohanty said ten districts of Odisha registered less than 19 percent rainfall than the normal.

While Gajapati district registered 37.2 percent more rain than average, other 19 districts registered normal rainfall.

As many as 74 blocks witnessed 19 to 39 per cent less downpour while 25 other blocks have 39 to 59 per cent less rain than normal, Mohanty informed the assembly.

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