Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed the Agriculture department to closely observe the situation that could arise due to intense heat wave conditions and make necessary contingency plan if required to protect the interests of the farmers in the State.

While addressing the state-level Natural Calamity Committee Meeting, Patnaik stated that despite early onset, monsoon has weakened resulting in hot and dry spells across the State.

“Agriculture department must monitor the situation and make necessary contingency plans with assistance from OUAT,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik also urged the officials of several other departments to remain prepared as Odisha is prone to disasters.

“In spite of the rain-deficit situation, we must remain fully prepared to tackle possible flood and cyclones during the year.

Special attention should be given to the vulnerable population groups like women, children, pregnant women, physically challenged and elderly persons during rescue operations,” Patnaik added.

State government chief whip, Amar Satpathy informed that financial assistance is being provided by Panchayatiraj department for renovation and creation of water bodies at panchayat level.

Leader of Opposition, Narasingha Mishra on the other hand stated that all the demands and proposals made should be strictly followed as it has been observed that such things only remain in pen and paper.