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Kerala declared drought hit

Posted on Dec 19, 07:42PM | UNI

Kerala has been declared as drought hit by the State Disaster Management Authority, here today.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the Authority, chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at his office in the State Assembly. Ministers will be entrusted to review drought situation state wide. It was also decided to hold the state level meetings before December 31.

Drought relief measures will be taken up at all constituencies. MLAs will be entrusted with this duty.

The Chief Minister said all the recommendations forwarded by MLAs will be considered for the follow up activities.

Instruction has been given to clear all problems regarding drinking water and electricity.

Minister Adoor Prakash made it clear that HRVA has been entrusted for drought examination in the state.

He said the meeting also decided to extend the Insurance pilot projects for paddy, pepper, cashew at Idukki, Malabar, Waynad areas with the sanction of the Centre and also to implement this state wide.

Inclusion of more crops under the scheme would be considered. Repair works will be undertaken for pumps installed for pumping drinking water. Pipe lines will be installed for bringing water. Temporary bunds will be erected at certain places. Chandy said 'a detailed memorandum will be submitted to the Central Government.

State is under severe drought. All possible steps will be taken to get funds from the Centre especially under the circumstances of changing climatic seasons. Serous damages have been reported for paddy too.' Ministers Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, K P Mohanan and others were also present.