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Rajasthan gets Rs 100 cr more to tackle drought

The Centre decided to give Rajasthan a package of Rs 100 crore and two lakh tonnes of foodgrains to tide over the severe drought.

india Updated: May 10, 2003 10:12 IST

The Centre on Friday decided to give Rajasthan a package of Rs 100 crore and two lakh tonnes of foodgrains to tide over the severe drought and has convened a meeting of state agriculture ministers on May 28 to discuss various aspects relating to this year's Monsoon.

"This is in addition to Rs 115 crore given to Rajasthan recently. Now, the total package stands at Rs 215 crore and two lakh tonnes of foodgrains," Union Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh said here after a meeting of the task force on drought, presided by the Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani.

The package follows a report by Central team which undertook a survey of the drought-hit areas of Rajasthan.

It includes Rs 19 crore for employment generation, Rs 50 crore for meeting the needs of the infirm and the old, Rs 15 crore for supplementary nutrition for women and children, and Rs 8 crore each (RPT Rs 8 crore each) for cattle feed and water for them, Singh said.

He said Rajasthan government would now be able to provide jobs under the food-for-work programme for 12 days instead of 10 days.

Asked about the meteorological office forecast that this year too Monsoon may not be up to the mark, the Minister said he has convened a meeting of state agriculture ministers on May 28 to discuss the situation including growing of alternate crops.

First Published: May 10, 2003 10:12 IST