Centre asks Odisha among six drought-hit states to submit memorandum

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday asked six drought affected states including Odisha to submit a memorandum for immediate drought relief assistance.

In a release, Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh asked Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to inform about the number of drought-hit districts and whether drought has been declared in these areas, with immediate effect.

He also asked these states submit the financial memorandum for assistance from the National Drought Relief Fund (NDRF) so that on the basis the information, the Central teams will visit the states for an on-the-spot review.

On the basis of the assessment of the crop damage by the Central teams, the Centre will provide required assistance to these states, Singh said.

So far, memorandum for assistance for drought relief have been received from Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and were being assessed by teams from the central government, it said.