PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi Tuesday reviewed the drought situation in Telangana and Madhya Pradesh, during which several historical examples as well as global best practices in the area of water storage and irrigation were discussed, according to a PMO statement.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, during his meeting with the PM, suggested delineation of the entire country into “crop colonies” so that specific strategies could be evolved. The PM appreciated the suggestion and said Soil Health Cards aim to achieve the same objective, the statement said.
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It said an amount of Rs 712.62 crore had been released to Telangana under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). This is in addition to Rs 205.5 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the state.
Later, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan briefed the Prime Minister on the steps the state government has been taking in dealing with the drought situation. Chouhan said that due to preparatory steps, including creation of water storage structures, taken over the last 10 years, the state was relatively well placed to tackle the drought.