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Meeting on drought contingency plan postponed

The Centre today postponed the meeting slated for May 28 with state agriculture ministers to brace up for a possible drought and prepare contingency plans.

india Updated: May 27, 2003 09:37 IST

The Centre on Monday postponed the meeting slated for May 28 with state agriculture ministers to brace up for a possible drought and prepare contingency plans.

Agriculture Ministry sources said the meeting has been postponed due to "unavoidable" reasons and the fresh date would be announced later.

They said the meeting, to be chaired by new Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh, is now likely to be held sometime early next month, as part of the stock taking exercise to prepare for any scarcity of water in the upcoming kharif season in the light of last year's drought.

Also to be attended by members of Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Agriculture Ministry, the meeting will take up the likely relief measures and preparation needed for the purpose in general and not the financial requirement of the states.

First Published: May 27, 2003 09:37 IST