Chhattisgarh drought: CM Raman Singh says water, food given to each village

Chhattisgarh government has provided drinking water and foodgrains to each village besides giving over Rs 1,160 crore to more than 16 lakh farmers as part of drought mitigation efforts, Chief Minister Raman Singh told a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
At the meeting here, Singh gave a presentation on immediate and long-term strategies prepared by his government to deal with the drought situation.
He said that Chhattisgarh has become the first state to formulate schemes at district level to deal with water scarcity and drought situation.
The drought relief measures initiated in the state include provision of drinking water and foodgrains in each village, a statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office said.
“The Chief Minister said that one quintal of rice has been kept with each Panchayat, to ensure that no one starves
in the villages,” it said.
Singh said due to the state government’s employment generating schemes, no one in Chhattisgarh has migrated even in drought situation, according to a press release issued by the state government.
He said his state has set a target of getting over 15 lakh farmers insured under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ by the end of this year.
The Prime Minister appreciated preparatory work done by the state for ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’. He said other states can also study this as a model, the PMO said.
Elaborating on the measures taken by the state government to tackle drought situation, the Chief Minister said that 10 over lakh farmers have been given assistance of Rs 502 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
He said that over 6 lakh 30 thousand farmers have been given Rs 658 crore under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme.