Centre reviews drought preparedness of Tamilnadu

The central government on Tuesday reviewed the drought preparedness of Tamil Nadu amid deficient southwest monsoon rainfall in at least ten districts of the state.

The review meeting held in Chennai was co-chaired by Joint Secretary in the Union Agriculture Ministry Ashish Kumar Srivatsava and Tamil Nadu Agriculture Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner C Samayamoorthy, according to an official statement.

However, Tamil Nadu Disaster Risk Reduction Agency Director Raman said, “Though it is too early to predict drought, the state is closely watching the status of indicators as per the Manual for Drought Management”.

The meeting deliberated on the status of the state government’s preparedness for drought situations if monsoon fails, and coordination among different agencies.

Agriculture Commissioner L Subramanian shared rainfall distribution, water storage in all reservoirs, crop coverage, steps taken by the Tamil Nadu government to mitigate drought and the status of preparation of the contingency plan.

“It was informed that the South West monsoon is deficient in 10 districts,” the statement added.

In the meeting, the state government informed that it has already held two preliminary meetings for drafting the drought mitigation plan, and accordingly, 23 sensitive districts vulnerable to drought have been identified with 116 blocks.