Central team to inspect drought areas in Nalgonda today

The Central Drought Monitoring Committee will visit Nalgonda district to inspect some of the drought-affected areas in the district on February 6.

The committee members will start their tour by visiting photo exhibition to be held at Mandal Parishad Office at Choutuppal mandal head quarters. Later, they will visit drought-affected cotton crops in Tangadupalli village.

The members will interact with farmers to assess the crop loss incurred by them due to drought. Inspection of dried out tanks and interaction with self help group women were also included in their tour. They will talk to Anganwadi workers about the nutritious food being given to the children and measures taken to avoid outbreak of diseases.

The workers of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) will also interact with the Central team. The cotton and maize crops will be visited by the team in Shivani Gudeim and Vanipakala villages in Chityal mandal, respectively.

The team is expected to convene a meeting with district officials after reaching Nalgonda in the evening. The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Project Director Rajeswar Reddy said that elaborate arrangements were made for the team’s visit.

A survey had been conducted to assess the loss suffered by 2.36 lakh farmers, who cultivated cotton, paddy, maize, castor, bajra and jowar crops over 2.76 lakh hectares in the district, said Jayaraj, Joint Director of agriculture. He added that a report had been submitted to government seeking Rs 134 crores compensation to the farmers. [The HANS India]

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