The Centre on Saturday said there is no cause of worry for now following the delay in progress of monsoon but asked states to come up with alternate plans to handle the situation in case of deficient rainfall this year.
The Committee of Secretaries (CoS), which today took stock of the situation arising out of delay in monsoon and its impact on kharif crops, decided that the Agriculture Ministry on June 25 will call a meeting of agriculture secretaries of those states which have so far not received rainfall, sources said.
The Agriculture Ministry has communicated to Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh to prepare a contingency plan in case the monsoon gets further delayed, sources added.
"At this point of time there is no cause of worry," a senior government official said adding that the CoS would constantly review the situation.
The CoS is likely to meet after the meeting of state-level farm secretaries.
The delay in monsoon appears worrisome as the weather office yesterday said that the country had received just over 50 per cent of the normal rainfall so far this season. Of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions, 28 reported deficient or scanty rainfall while eight received excess or normal rains.