REVENUE MINISTER Ambika Chaudhury informed the Vidhan Parishad on Thursday that inadequate rainfall caused the possibility of drought in the State and the government was monitoring the situation to carry out relief measures.
Intervening in the debate on drought situation in Bundelkhand in Parishad during the adjournment motion tabled by Ranjit Singh Judeo and Nasib Pathan (both Congress), the minister said that situation was turning grave. He said that insufficient rainfall in mid-July created the present situation. However, there was no report from any district about the loss of 50 per cent crop which was necessary to declare an area as drought-hit and added officers were monitoring the situation.
Earlier raising drought situation in Bundelkhand region, Judeo said that there was neither power supply nor the government had taken any step to irrigate the canals. He said that the government had not taken any relief measures for the region. Participating in the debate, Munna Singh Chauhan (RLD) said that the State was reeling under drought.
Swatantra Deo Singh and Yagyadutt Sharma (BJP) also urged the government to declare the State drought-affected. Leader of the House and Family Welfare Minister Ahmad Hasan said the government was aware of the situation. Though Chairman Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav rejected the motion, he allowed one-hour debate on the issue.