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Central team to visit Odisha tomorrow to assess drought condition

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 1:

A 10 member team led by Union Joint Secretary of Agriculture K Srinivas will visit Odisha tomorrow to assess the drought condition in the state.

Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra SRC

As per information provided by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra today, the teams would tour drought affected districts on December 3 and 4 and hold a meeting with State Government officials on December 5 before leaving for New Delhi.

“Based on our memorandum to the Central Government on the drought condition in the state, the Union Agriculture Ministry has constituted an inter-ministerial team of ten members. The team, being led by Joint Secretary K Srinivas, will reach Bhubaneswar tomorrow for a review. They will further split into two teams and will make field visits on December 3 and 4 via helicopters,” said Mohapatra.

“As of now, they have decided to visit Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Bargarh districts. Further, they would try to visit as many others places as possible. That would be decided once they reach here. They would come back to Bhubaneswar on December 4 and attend a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary in the Secretariat on December 5 before leaving for New Delhi the same day,” he added.

The visit will follow the State Government’s request for interim drought relief of Rs 1,687 crore. It will assess the impact of drought in the state and submit a report to the Union Agriculture Ministry.

Notably, a five-member central team, led by Union Additional Commissioner of Agriculture RP Malik earlier visited the state on October 7 and 8 to review the situation. The team had been formed by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh based on a request from Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.