Haryana chief secretary PK Chaudhery constituted a committee of secretaries on Wednesday to keep a watch on the situation arising out of deficient rainfall in the state.
The committee comprising administrative secretaries of the departments of revenue, cooperation, irrigation, agriculture, power, public health, food and supplies, rural development and animal husbandry would meet every week to take stock of the situation.
In the first meeting of the committee held on Wednesday, the chief secretary reviewed the situation with the administrative secretaries and was told that the present situation is worrisome as the region received 72% less rainfall between June 1 and July 31. The next 10 days will be crucial.
Chaudhery said the present situation might improve if region receives good rainfall over the next two weeks. It would also be possible to increase the area under Bajra cultivation, which was mainly rainfed. "All the departments concerned have been told to gear up for any eventuality."
The departments were directed to prepare contingency plans. The committee took note that 35% additional power had been supplied to the agriculture sector this year which led to financial stress on the power utilities since power had to be purchased at higher cost.