In the second round of meetings with chief ministers of drought affected states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Telangana Chief Minister K Chnadra Shekhar Rao in his office on Tuesday.
These meetings come after PM held extensive meetings with Chief Ministers of UP, Maharashtra & Karnataka last Saturday to discuss the drought situation.
The separate meetings with the Chief Ministers are a part of the Prime Minister’s exercise to review the situation in 11 drought-hit states. The meeting was attended by Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
“The discussions with CMs are state specific & very detailed thus ensuring the best possible means to collectively mitigate the drought,” tweeted Prime Minister’s Office.
Telangana Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister about the measures taken by the Telangana government and apprised him of KCR’s ambitious irrigation scheme Mission Bhageeratha.
The Prime Minister has already met the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. During those meetings, he had said that the Centre and the states will have to work together to mitigate the problems faced by the people due to drought.
Prime Minister Modi had pitched for focus on medium and long term solutions for drought-proofing. He laid stress on the use of technologies like remote sensing and satellite imaging for planning of water conservation and recharge structures.
The Prime Minister had also stressed the need for changing cropping patterns based on scientific advice, use of drip and sprinkler irrigation for increasing water use efficiency, community participation, especially women, for better water management.