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Prepare action plans to tackle drought impact, Centre tells states

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on May 18, 2016

File photo of a tapioca field with drip irrigation system at Sevvayan near Kulithalai in Karur district. -- R.M. Rajarathinam

Affected states to undertake construction of farm ponds, adopt micro-irrigation

The Centre has asked drought-affected States to prepare action plans on a weekly basis to tide over challenges such as shortage and scarcity of drinking water, promote conservation efforts and prudent usage of existing water resources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his recent meetings with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka, has discussed short- and long-term measures to be taken by both the Centre and states, involving local self-government, to tackle water scarcity, according to an official release of the Agriculture Ministry.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh asked all States to take immediate action to fight drought and review it on a weekly basis.

States have also been asked by the Centre to undertake a major drive for construction of farm ponds, adopt micro-irrigation and diversify into crops requiring less water.

It was decided that while promoting dug wells and farm ponds, states would incentivise solar pumps for irrigation, the release said.

Published on May 18, 2016
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