States fail to utilise grains disbursed as drought relief
Nine drought affected states have failed to fully utilise grains allotted to them by the Centre to tackle the calamity.india Updated: Jun 21, 2003 16:02 IST
Nine drought affected states have failed to fully utilise grains allotted to them by the Centre to tackle the calamity.
According to the latest drought situation report of the government, of the 79.17 lakh tonne grains allotted to these states, only 53.84 lakh tonnes have been utilised.
The nine severely affected states were Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
However, rains in the past few days have brought the much needed succour and relief to the severely drought affected areas in Rajasthan and Orissa, it said.
The report said with the onset of monsoon, sowing has commenced in some areas, although the operations are at an initial stage.
Of the 21.18 lakh tonne grains allotted for drought relief for the current month, 9.92 lakh tonnes have already been disbursed.
Rajasthan Chief Secretary expressed satisfaction over the progress of movement of grains to that state during a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary.
Around 41,000 tankers have been deployed so far and 2632 cattle camps have also been organised, mostly in Rajasthan.
For the week ending June 16, Railways undertook free transportation of 588 and 210 water wagons to Rajasthan and Gujarat respectively. So far Railways has transported 1.22 lakh and 9,932 water wagons to the two states.
It has also transported 8,117 and 4,335 fodder wagons to Rajasthan and Gujarat respectively.