Central teams call on CM

Two central teams of officials, that toured cyclone-affected areas and studied the drought conditions in some districts separately, called on the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Camp office here on Friday.

The Chief Minister told them that the Government had taken necessary steps to shift the people from low lying areas to the relief camps to prevent loss of life in the right time after cyclone warnings issued.

The cyclone had resulted in continuous rains and heavy loss of crops as it kept moving along the coast before making a landfall, he told them.

State Government officials, who toured the cyclone affected areas, are in the process of assessing the damage, he said, adding that the list of the farmers who suffered crop loss will be displayed at the village secretariats after examining the e-crop details.

The names of the missed persons will be included after social audit and proper verification, he told them.

He further told the central teams that the Government will extend financial help to the farmers in full transparency and asked them to ensure that the Center extends financial support to the State liberally.

CM appraised
The two teams apprised the Chief Minister of their findings observed during their tours in drought and cyclone affected areas.

The officials said they had observed that due to the timely measures taken by the official machinery, loss of life was averted.

They expressed satisfaction over the relief measures taken with the support of the village secretariats and lauded the e-cropping system which is not found in other states.

The officials said they would submit the report on the loss caused by the cyclone to the Centre.

Committee on drought
Members of the committee on drought told the Chief Minister that they had toured Anantapuram, Chittoor, Kurnool, Nandyala, Saya Sai, Annamayya and NTR districts and spoken to the farmers besides observing the water levels in reservoirs and the drought affected crops.

They said they had also observed the works being undertaken under the employment guarantee scheme and lauded the RBKs and the village secretariat system and their functioning in extending support to the farmers in the State. They said that steps should be taken to encourage farmers in cultivating alternate commercial crops.

The Chief Minister told them to ensure that the Centre pays the pending bills to the State at the earliest.

NIDM Executive Director Rajendra Ratnu, Agriculture Joint Director Vikrant Singh, DAFW Joint Secretary Pankaj Yadav called on the Chief Minister.

Special Chief Secretaries, G. Sai Prasad (Revenue and disaster management), Gopalakrishna Dwivedi (Agriculture), Y. Sri Lakshmi, (MA&UD), B. Rajasekhar (PR), Water Resources Principal Secretary Sasibhushan Kumar, Transport Secretary Pradyumna Kumar, Agriculture Special Commissioner CH Harikiran, Disaster Management Director Ambedkar and senior officials were among those present.