DROUGHT

  • Maharashtra seeks Rs 4,500 crore in drought aid from from Centre November 29, 2014

    Amravati: Maharashtra government has demanded Rs 4,500 crore from the Centre to provide relief to farmers reeling under drought-like situation in the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said. He also announced that the state government will do away with local body tax (LBT) and not wait till Goods...
  • Maharashtra to seek Rs 4,000-crore drought relief package November 27, 2014

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to seek a Rs 4,000-crore drought relief package from the Centre and approved several relief measures for villages reeling under a severe drought. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet on Thursday. The meting was chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister...
  • Maharashtra government to announce drought-relief package November 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government will provide a relief package for the drought-affected areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha soon, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said. "I will soon visit the drought-affected areas in Marathwada and western Maharashtra with Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde, and review the situation," Khadse told reporters. "The government will announce...
  • 2014 mild meteorological drought: Skymet; Not so, says MeT October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: With the country receiving "below normal" rainfall, a private weather forecasting agency has termed monsoon 2014 as a "mild meteorological drought" but the MeT department dismissed it saying around 70 per cent of the country had normal rains. "Monsoon 2014 has ended in a mild meteorological drought. In particular,...
  • Monsoon picks up but threat of poor agriculture produce remains: Agriculture Minister September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A late surge in the monsoon has improved this year's overall rainfall deficiency from 18 per cent to 14 per cent. However, many states are still struggling with rainfall deficiency of over 30 per cent. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told CNNIBN that these extreme variations in...
  • Modi has recharged India with a new hope: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh September 4, 2014

    Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh concedes that droughts and floods will impact production in the kharif season but is confident that the government is prepared to face all eventualities. "States which have a rainfall deficiency of more than 50 per cent for 15 consecutive days can give subsidy on...
  • Deficient rainfall has hit Uttar Pradesh farmers, says Akhilesh Yadav August 29, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that deficient rainfall has hit farmers in the state. He says he will write to the Centre seeking government intervention. ...
  • NASA satellite to help farmers combat drought August 24, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists, including one of Indianorigin, have developed a new satellite than can predict the severity of droughts worldwide and help farmers maximise crop yield. Currently, there is no ground or satellitebased global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. Farmers, scientists and resource managers can place sensors...
  • Government announces diesel, seed subsidy in droughthit areas August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With rainfall deficit still prevalent in most parts of the country, government on Thursday announced a diesel subsidy for irrigation in states where rainfall shortage is more than 50 per cent to protect the standing kharif crops. Besides diesel subsidy, the government has raised the...
  • 28 of 38 Bihar districts facing a droughtlike situation August 6, 2014

    As many as 28 of the 38 districts in Bihar are facing a droughtlike situation because of a 28 percent rainfall deficit, officials said Wednesday. "The state government is likely to declare 28 districts droughthit either at the end of this week or early next week," Vayasji, principal secretary of the...
  • Telangana: Poor rains, heavy debts push 25 farmers to commit suicide in Medak July 29, 2014

    Medak: The government has claimed that it has got no SOS from any state over droughtlike conditions. However, the situation is quite dire in Telangana's Medak district where 25 farmers have committed suicide in the past two months. Poor rainfall and heavy debts have pushed farmers to the edge. Fiftyfiveyearold...
  • Drought looms over Rajasthan as 23 districts received deficit rains July 27, 2014

    With delayed monsoon, drought is likely to hit the desert state of Rajasthan as 23 districts received deficit rains and six received scanty rainfall during June 1 to July 26 period, a Met department report said on Sunday. Since June 1 this year, Rajasthan received 130.63 mm of rainfall as against...
  • Partial droughtlike situation in Bihar, admits government July 25, 2014

    Observing that a partial droughtlike situation has gripped Bihar, the state government on Friday said a slew of measures have been taken to tackle the calamity, including provisioning for Rs 776 crore to provide diesel subsidy to farmers for irrigation. "We are of the view that a partial droughtlike situation has...
  • Maharashtra :Fear of drought looms over Marathwada, Nashik regions July 23, 2014

    Mumbai: With monsoon playing truant in Marathwada and Nashik, a drought like situation looms over these regions of the state. Water stock in Ujani and Jaikwadi reservoirs in Marathwada region was low, state administration officials said. Maharashtra Cabinet today took stock of situation in view of scanty rainfall. The state has so far...
  • Drought worries ease for government, but partially July 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The spectre of drought looming over parts of the country has receded over the past week due to the revival of the monsoon but officials are keeping their fingers crossed as a long dry spell in between the rains can damage crops and lead to inflationary pressures. Officials said...
  • Gadkari allows allocation of Rs 32 crore to UP to deal with droughtlike situation July 18, 2014

    Centre has allowed release of Rs 32 crore to Uttar Pradesh as a special case to mitigate "acute drought like situations" due to deficiency in rainfall, particularly in Bundelkhand region. Official sources said Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari allowed the allocation to the Samajwadi Partyruled state as first instalment under the...
  • Monsoon has covered entire India, says weather office July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: India's monsoon has covered the entire country, the weather office said on Thursday, two days behind the normal schedule in a year that is forecast to bring belowaverage rains. The revival of monsoon rains in the grain bowl of northwest and central regions should help speed up sowing of...
  • Haryana: Deficient rainfall causes damage to standing crop, farmers worried July 14, 2014

    Pulwal: Delayed monsoon remains a top concern as it is the peak of the kharif season, but deficient rainfall has caused damage to standing crop in Haryana. Farmers who have taken land on lease for cultivation are now staring at an uncertain future. There's an acre of yellowing paddy in...
  • Drought fears assail India as the country faces a weak monsoon July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India could be staring at a drought with deficient rainfall in most parts of the country. The Monsoon should have ordinarily covered the entire country by this time, but unfortunately rainfall deficiency at present for the whole country is 43 per cent less than normal. The MET department...
  • Monsoon to pick up in central, northwestern India by July 15: MeT July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Monsoon in central and northwestern India, which is currently reeling under severe heat, is likely to pick up by July 15, said the MeT department. IMD Director BP Yadav said that pressure in Bay of Bengal has affected monsoon and that there will be humidity till July 14....
  • Poor monsoon in India threatens first drought in five years July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Weak rainfall in India since June when the monsoon season starts, crucial to the country's agricultural earnings, has raised concerns of a first drought in five years, although weather experts are hopeful rains will revive in the next week. A poor monsoon cuts exports, stokes food inflation and leads...
  • Government discusses contingency plan to tackle possible drought July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: With the spectre of drought looming in several states, Lok Sabha on Tuesday discussed up a contingency plan for districts that could be the worst affected. Delay in onset of monsoon and its slow progress have led to late sowing of paddy, pulses, oilseeds and cotton, but the...
  • India@9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 4, 2014

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  • Arun Jaitley says drought report is 'no cause to panic' July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday there was no cause to panic about the possibility of higher inflation, after a private forecasting agency said there was a 60 percent chance India would face a drought this year. Speaking less than a week before his first budget speech to...
  • 80 pc chance of drought in North West, 75 pc in Central India: Skymet July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Weather forecast agency Skymet has predicted that there could be an 80 per cent chance of drought in North West India and 75 per cent chance of drought in Central India. It has also said that El Nino is gaining ground. India has recorded 42 per cent less rainfall...
  • Drought & price rise: How will Modi's promise of 'Achche Din' be delivered? July 2, 2014

    With onion prices soaring all over in the country, the government on Wednesday brought onions and potatoes under the Essential Commodities Act. ...
  • Agriculture Minister warns of a droughtlike situation in the country July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: In what could spell more trouble for the newlyelected Narendra Modi government, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday warned of a droughtlike situation in some parts of the country. Singh said that the deficient monsoon could lead up to one of India's worst droughts in recent years. "If...
  • Emergency action plan to deal with droughtlike situation in Chhattisgarh June 26, 2014

    The weak monsoon in Chhattisgarh is worrying the state government, with Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday issuing directives for preparing an emergency action plan to deal with any droughtlike situation. Singh directed the agriculture, revenue and disaster management departments to start preparing for the action plan. Besides, he assured farmers of...
  • Modi government gets into action after Met department's weak monsoon warning June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has gotten into action after the Meteorological department's warning that India could be looking at a weak monsoon this year. Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting with key ministers to frame a monsoon action plan. The meeting had Agriculture, Rural Development, Fertilizer, Water Resources and...
  • Centre braces up for poor monsoon, chalks out plans to tackle poor rainfall June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: With India staring at a below normal monsoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Union Cabinet has sprung into action. Modi on Friday met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Rammohan Singh and in a meeting that stretched well over 2.5 hours to discuss the possible scenarios, sources tell CNNIBN that...