Manipur CM mulls declaring drought if no rains by end of July

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 5 | Publish Date: 7/5/2019 12:40:35 PM IST
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday said that the state government was consulting experts of the Central government to declare the state hit by drought.
The chief minister, addressing a function related with distribution of water pump sets to the farmers by the Manipur Minorities & Other Backward Classes Economic Development Society (MOBEDS), said that if there is no rainfall by the end of the current month (July), steps will be taken up to declare drought in Manipur.
With the delayed in arrival of rains this year, farmers of the state are reeling from severe scarcity of water to cultivate their fields. 
Manipur and North East received 41% less rainfall than normal in the month of June. With no water in their fields, farmers were trying their luck by sowing rice seeds in their dry fields. To ease the woes of the farmers in the present drought like situation, MOBEDS distributed pump-sets to the farmers today. 
The distribution of the irrigation pump-sets to the farmers was held at MOBEDS office in Imphal’s North AOC.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the distribution of water pump-sets was part of government’s steps to combat the drought like situation in the state. 
Singh claimed that the state government has taken up for functioning of 157 River Lift Irrigation (RLI) schemes. Some have already started functioning to provide water in the paddy fields, he added. 
He said that state minor irrigation department was working rigorously to provide irrigation facilities in various parts of the state.
He said that the agriculture department and MOBEDS would be providing around 126 irrigation pump-sets to the needy farmers. Another 100 pump-sets would be procured in next four or five days to deal the situation, he added. 
He urged the elected representatives to approach the agriculture minister and other concerned ministers for agriculture related support including water pump-sets.During the function, around 40 irrigation pump-sets were distributed to the farmers.
State agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar, education minister Th Radheshyam were among others who attended the function. 
The irrigation pump-sets were distributed under the Economic Development Programme (EDP) scheme of the MOBEDS.

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