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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Thursday cancelled Saturday and Sunday holidays of employees and other field functionaries of Agriculture and Revenue departments amid increased likelihood of more rain as predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after holding a high level meeting through video-conferencing directed Collectors of 15 districts to closely monitor the situation.

The field functionaries have been asked to continuously stay in touch with farmers affected by rain, said chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Senior officials informed that Patnaik has also directed to prepare an advance action plan for the Rabi crops so that farmers are able to start sowing operations without much delay.

Padhi informed efforts are being made to ensure that all the procurement of paddy is done at Minimum Support Price (MSP) so that the farmers do not face any problems or are forced to sell their produce in distress.

Meanwhile, as per the met office, the depression over West Central and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha coast remained stationary.

The system is likely to move northeast wards off Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast during the next 24 hours.

The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in the coastal belt of Odisha in the next 24 hours.

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