Patna: The Bihar government said that measures have been taken to tackle partial drought-like situation in the state. State Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh informed Assembly that his government is taking the matter very seriously and effective steps will be taken to deal with the calamity.
"We are of the view that a partial drought-like situation has gripped Bihar. As of now, we are facing rainfall shortage by 20 percent,” the Minister said.
“A drought situation arises only when shortage of rainfall shortage stands at 50 percent,” the Minister was quick to add.
Provisions like diesel subsidy to farmers for irrigation worth Rs 776 crore are in effect, he said.
Only 41 percent paddy plantation has been completed this season due to deficient rainfall and farmers have two more weeks to plant paddy saplings, he added.
Singh said that the situation can be brought under control and arrangements would also be made for fodders for cattle heads.
The Minister further said that a committee of Principal Secretaries headed by the Chief Secretary has been set up to monitor the situation.
Singh said that he apprised Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh about the present situation and requested him for his support to handle the crisis.
Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has also written a letter to the Union Agriculture Minister apprising him of the situation, he said.