IMPHAL | Aug 31: droThe state cabinet on Saturday approved to declare Manipur as drought hit to enable the State government to seek relief assistance from the Centre.
A release stated that the deficit in rainfall, drought has adversely affected the crops across 70 blocks of the State and as per initial estimates, various villages of the 70 blocks have crops failure ranging from 33 percent to more than 50 percent based on which they are categorised as moderately and severely affected by drought.
Prior to the meeting, the chief minister chaired a high level emergency meeting which was attended by other cabinet ministers , MLAs , chef secretary, vice chancellor of Central Agricultural University, administrative secretaries of finance, planning, revenue, agriculture departments, deputy commissioners representatives of ICAR and other senior officials.
During the emergency meeting, the chief minister reviewed the rainfall situation, crop conditions and water reservoir status and it was informed that rainfall is more than 50 percent deficit in the State while reservoirs have more than 60 percent deficit level, it said.
Manipur State Remote Sensing Centre (MARSAC) is assessing vegetation cover station based on the satellite data. Deputy commissioners are making ground verification through revenue and agriculture department staff. As per the Centre’s drought manual, at least 10 percent villages of the affected blocks are to be surveyed by physical inspection for Ground Truthing.
Later, based on the status presented during the cabinet meeting held on drought situation, the cabinet decided to declare drought situation in the State.
The Agriculture department was directed to issue drought notification immediately after which relief and Disaster management department would prepare the memorandum for relief and submit the same to the Centre, it said.
The released further stated that the biggest impact of drought due to deficit rainfall has been in valley districts, although several hill blocks are also affected in varying degrees. After declaration of drought the Relief and Disaster Management department is to submit the memorandum for relief to the Centre within one week time while an Inter-ministerial team from the Centre will verify the situation.
Agriculture minister, V. Hangkhanlian earlier stated that nearly 1 lakh hectares of arable lands in the state are being affected by the scarcity/deficit in rainfall.
As per the drought declaration certificate issued by the agriculture department, Moirang block in Bishnupur district; Khengjoi in Chandel district; Saikot, Singhat, Mualnuam and Suandoh in Churachandpur district; Sawombung, Akampat, Irilbung , Keirao and Andro blocks in Imphal East district; Hiyangthang and Patsoi blocks in Imphal West district; Kamjong, Phungyar, Kasom Khullen and Sahamphung in Kamjong district; Langmeidong, Kakching Khunou and Sugnu in Kakching district; Saikul, Lungtin and Island in Kangpokpi district; Tamenglong and Tamei in Tamenglong district; Khongjom and Lilong in Thoubal district and Ukhrul, Chingai, Lungchong Meiphai and Jessami in Ukhrul district are severely affected.
The blocks which have been categorised as moderately affected includes, Nambol and Bishnupur in Bishnupur district; Chandel, Chakpikarong, Khangbarol in Chandel district; Churachandpur, Tuibong, Samulamlan, Kangvai, Sangaikot and Henglep in Churachandpur district; Sagolmang, Khurai and Heingang in Imphal East district; Wangoi and Haorang Sabai in Imphal West; Borobekra in Jiribam; Kaching in Kaching district; Kangpokpi, T- Waichong, Champhai, Saitu Gamphazon, Kangchup Geijang and Bungte Chiru in Kangpokpi district; Nungba, Noney or Longmai and Haochong in Noney district; Tadubi, Phaibung, Willong, Purul, Paomata, Songsong, Senapati in Senapati district; Thoubal, Yairipok, Heirok and Irong Chesaba in Thoubal district and Tengnoupal and Machi in Tengnoupal district.
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