Bhubaneswar:31/8/21: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed for implementing a Contingency Crop Plan to tackle possible drought situations in the State.
Patnaik issued the directive while reviewing the possible drought situation in the State through video conferencing, said an official press release.
The Chief Minister informed that by now 213 blocks have received deficient rainfall which is likely to affect agricultural work.
While asking the Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment department to remain on alert, Patnaik directed the department to keep a watch over the situation on a daily basis. He advised concerned Collectors to take immediate measures at the field level.
The Chief Minister advised officials to work by maintaining proper coordination between the Contingency Crop Plan, the flow of water in canals, and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) programme.
He directed officials to provide farmers with seeds and mini kits for the second crop wherever the crop has been damaged and provide diesel pump sets at subsidised prices to farmers to protect the crop where it has survived.
Similarly, to ensure irrigation to farmlands belonging to farmers, the Chief Minister directed to dig farm pond where the farmland is more than half an acre. In addition to this, he directed to operationalize all lift irrigation points within seven days by undertaking repairs and renovation.
Patnaik has advised prioritizing various employment generation schemes to provide livelihood assistance to small and marginal farmers and agricultural workers.
He asked the Water Resources Department to ensure irrigation to farmers of low-lying areas and take steps for recharging groundwater levels.
The Chief Minister further directed officials of the district and urban local bodies to ensure that there is no shortage of drinking water for the people and animal resources. He advised officials to take all measures to minimize the impact of drought on the general public and the farmers.
Taking part in the deliberations, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra informed that as of the date the State has a rainfall deficit of 30 per cent. He said that while there is a problem with paddy crops, there is no problem with non-paddy crops. Steps are being taken to generate more employment through MGNREGA.
In the meeting, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, and Water Resources departments presented alternative plans before the Chief Minister.
Collectors of Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Angul, and Rayagada districts apprised the Chief Minister of the prevailing situation in their respective districts.
The Regional Director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that in September rainfall is likely to be normal with 226.6 mm rain.
At the meeting, emphasis was laid on providing work to people migrating to other States due to the shortage of work in the State.
Secretary to CM(5T) VK Pandian coordinated the programme.
Development Commissioner, Principal Secretaries, and Secretaries of various departments were present during the meeting.