Jharkhand government has declared the entire state as drought hit in view of less rainfall in 2015 monsoon season and loss of crops.
Decision in this regard was taken at the state Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Raghuvar Das in Ranchi following Agriculture department’s report on drought.
In its report state Agriculture department has reported that 64 blocks of the state have suffered 50 per cent loss in crops and another 62 blocks have suffered 40 per cent loss due to poor monsoon.
It also estimated that drought has resulted loss of rice (dhan) crops by 37.7 per cent, dalhan crops by 16.85 per cent and Makka crops by 27.06 per cent in 2015.
State Cabinet also has decided to send the report on drought status in state to the Union Government and request it to send a team for assessment of drought in the state.
Earlier in November 2015, in view of drought conditions state government had announced a package of 1,398 crore rupees to drought-hit farmers for distribution of seeds, subsidised diesel, construction of small check dams and other facilities.