Omar fixes Oct 15 to finalize special girdawari for drought-hit areas

Srinagar, Oct 9: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday asked the revenue department to finalize the special girdawari for drought-hit areas by October 15, so that a comprehensive report of losses caus...

Srinagar, Oct 9: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday asked the revenue department to finalize the special girdawari for drought-hit areas by October 15, so that a comprehensive report of losses caused to agriculture and horticulture due to drought, is formulated for relief.
 Chairing a high level meeting here to review the affects of drought conditions in the State, Omar asked the concerned to prepare a memorandum for submission to the Centre Government and another proposal for Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) so that relief to the agriculturists and fruit growers could be worked out both with the Centre and under CRF.
 Briefing the meeting about the losses assessed by the agriculture department in the two divisions, the agriculture minister said the agriculture losses assessed in Jammu division account for Rs 322 crore while as losses to fruit crop has been of the order of Rs. 114 crore.
 Mir said in Kashmir division most of the kandi belt has been hit by the drought and the horticulture losses here are of the tune of Rs 140 crore whereas agriculture losses account for Rs. 83 crore. 
 He said that he has himself visited the drought-hit areas of Sangrama, Kupwara and various kandi and other areas in Kashmir and Jammu divisions and found maize, paddy, pulses and fruit crops damaged to a greater extent.

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