With monsoon rainfall during the June 1-25 period falling 40 per cent short of average annual precipitation during the period, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday held a high-level meeting to take stock of the situation and nudge different departments to be proactive on the agricultural operations and price control front.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) briefed the meeting that the rainfall situation was slated to improve after July 7. The IMD also said the effect of El Nino may be lesser than earlier predicted.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said his ministry was taking no chances in dealing with the situation and said it had provided contingency plans for each district to the state governments. Sources said the ministry has moved a note on additional measures like diesel subsidy and rescheduling of crop loans in deficient rainfall districts for inter-ministerial consultations. These proposals will then be taken to the Cabinet.