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Manipur Govt to provide free rice seedlings, rice at Rs. 22.53 per kg to floods victims

By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 06, 2017 11:48 pm

Our Correspondent
Imphal, July 6 (EMN): Chief Minister N Biren Singh held a press conference with regard to flood situations in the state on Thursday at the state capital along with other officials. N Biren Singh said during a press conference that ‘the government is ready to provide a short duration paddy seed varieties- RC Maniphou-12(RCM12) and Maru Taru University-1010(MTU1010) for the floods affected farmers.’ These seed varieties or the seedlings will be available at free of cost, he added. Transplantation of such varieties would available in August. Chief Minister also said that the government would continue to identify and verify the total submerged area affected by the floods soon.
Minister for Consumers Affairs Karam Shyam said Centre has agreed to provide 12,000 metric tons of rice after due consultation with the concerned Ministry. Considering the grievances of the people, Biren has assured to give 12,000 Metric Tons of rice is available with the concerned government department for public distribution. Such rice would be made available at Rs. 22.53 per kg.
Minister for Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandary V Hangkhanlian during a press briefing said ‘certain measures have been taken up by the Agriculture and Veterinary department and mobile team, such as five rapid action teams of veterinary department headed by two doctors with field assistants had set up for treatment and necessary vaccination for the animals in floods affected areas. Mobile plant health camp also set up for the farmers, he added.
Probe on various issues undertaken by the government, Chief Minister also informed that cases related to irregularities in accounts of Manipur Development Society has been handed over to the CBI. ‘The probe into the substandard police belt and CCTV installations scam is almost completed’ report stated.
Manipur has been suffering from flash floods and landslides after the major rivers breached at five points due to intense rainfall in the state after Cyclone Mora hit Manipur in May this year. According to reports, nearly 40,000 hectares of agricultural land which is about 20 percent of Manipur’s total agriculture area (1.95 lakh hectare) was affected by floods. The flooding paddy fields include 14,079 hectares in Imphal East, 7,700 hectares in Imphal West, 9,000 hectares in Thoubal, 9,210 hectares in Bishnupur and 20 hectares in Ukhrul in the recent floods in the state.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 06, 2017 11:48:23 pm