Drought declared in Jodhpur, Nagaur, Barmer, Bikaner and Jaisalmer Districts

Rajasthan Government has declared drought in Jodhpur, Nagaur, Barmer, Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts on Wednesday. The five districts have been worst-hit by deficit rain and will remain in the status of ‘droughtaffected’ from August 1 to July 31 next year. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot instructed the officials to mention everything in detail in the letters that will be presented to Centre. He also asked them to take the assessment exercise of losses seriously. To gauge the situation in the state, Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar will visit Jaipur on August 3. 
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said “The five districts received no rain. There will be huge scarcity of water. The water level in dams and other resources has been down by 65%. We have to make arrangements for proper supply of drinking water. Apart from that, we will have to ensure the proper supply of electricity and fodder”. A special task force under the chairmanship of principal secretary to CM and departmental heads of animal husbandry and health department has also been formed. They will keep a tab on the ongoing relief work concerned to their respective departments. Similarly, the government will urge the Centre to increase the number of work days from 100 to 200 under NREGS.