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Central team arrives in Gujarat to visit drought-hit regions

A central government delegation arrived in Ahmedabad today to assess the drought-like situation prevailing in parts of Gujarat.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2012 22:41 IST

A central government delegation on Tuesday arrived in Ahmedabad to assess the drought-like situation prevailing in parts of Gujarat.

A nine-member delegation, led by Vimlendra Sharan, joint secretary in the Union ministry of agriculture, will visit Saurashtra and Kutch region that is worst-hit due to deficient rains on Wednesday, a top state official said.

The delegation on Tuesday met state officials, including the state relief commissioner and reviewed the situation.

The visit by the delegation comes after the Gujarat government submitted to the Centre revised estimates of losses due to scanty rainfall.

Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had held a meeting with chief minister Narendra Modi earlier this month in this regard.

Earlier, the state government had submitted a memorandum of Rs. 14,683 crore to Pawar to fight the drought-like situation in the state, which was later revised.

The empowered group of minister (EGoM) on drought, headed by Pawar, have already sanctioned Rs. 480 crore as immediate relief to Gujarat for drinking water in rural parts.

First Published: Aug 28, 2012 18:36 IST