Nitish calls all-party meeting on drought

  • PTI, Patna
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  • Updated: Aug 06, 2009 20:26 IST
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called an all-party meeting in Patna on August 9 to discuss measures to provide succour to farmers and check crop damages due to scanty rainfall, which caused severe drought situation in 12 districts.

"Kumar has called a meeting with senior state leaders of all the political parties, including ruling NDA allies, chief Opposition RJD, Lok Janshakti Party, Congress and Left, on August 9 on the issue of drought," a senior state public relations official said on Thursday.

The CM, who laid emphasis on fine-tuning the state's contingency plan to provide succour to the farmers in the districts where scanty rainfall had been recorded, has already sent a high-level team led by the state ministers to all the districts to make on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
The ministers will submit their reports to Kumar two days before the all-party meeting, which would also be attended by Chief Secretary Anup Mukherjee and the heads of several departments.

The districts, which experienced low rainfall, include Kaimur, Rohtas, Gaya, Bhojpur, Nalanda, Siwan, Saran and Bhagalpur.


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