Weak monsoon worries Modi
New Delhi: Weak Monsoon Worries Modi, Amid weakening of monsoon and rise in food prices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pushed for close coordination between the Centre and States on implementing contingency plans and asked the States to set up fast-track courts to deal with hoarders and black-marketeers.
- Reviews progress of monsoon, inflation
- Notes 45% less rainfall till June 17
- Officials say monsoon will revive only by July 7
- PM says Centre, States should work closely
- Contingency plan ready for 500 districts
- Modi govt completes one month in office
New Delhi: Amid weakening of monsoon and rise in food prices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pushed for close coordination between the Centre and States on implementing contingency plans and asked the States to set up fast-track courts to deal with hoarders and black-marketeers.
Holding a meeting with Cabinet colleagues to review the progress of monsoon and steps taken to contain inflation on the completion of one month in office, the Prime Minister directed that adequate water, power and seed supply should be ensured to the farmers so that the production is not affected due to scant rainfall. It was noted that the country received 45 per cent less rainfall in the first spell till June 17. Met forecast monsoon to be below normal at 93 per cent of the long period
average. The PM called for best practices in rainwater harvesting and maximum possible use of existing water resources. He was apprised by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that though the monsoon has been delayed, rainfall is likely to revive by July 7 and improve in July-August. Reviewing the contingency plan prepared by the agriculture ministry for more than 500 districts, he called for coordinated effort by central and state governments to implement it.
"Districts, rather than states, be made the unit of this advanced action plan for monsoon," Modi said. He also reviewed the steps being taken to contain inflation. He said states should set up special courts for speedy trial of hoarders and black-marketers. Rising prices of essential food items like vegetables, fruits and cereals pushed up wholesale price index based inflation to five-month high of 6.01 per cent in May. Prices of potatoes and onion have risen to about Rs 25-30 per kg in the national capital. The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, among others.