State to ask Centre for Rs 816 crore drought relief

Ranchi: government will seek a Rs 816 crore financial package from the Centre for the state‘s drought-affected districts, an official said on Tuesday.
“The financial package has been drafted by seeking details from the different departments of the state. A memorandum for financial assistance has been prepared under the chairmanship of the agriculture secretary,” the official said, adding, “The report was prepared after assessing the ground situation.

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The state will seek Rs 232 crore for , Rs 102 crore for drinking water, Rs 260 crore for input subsidy and the remaining amount for other things.” The state government has declared 129 blocks of 18 districts as drought-affected. This year, Jharkhand received 72% of the average rainfall but and Koderma districts received less than 50%.

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