Thiruvananthapuram: Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan on Monday declared the State as drought-hit. The Minister declared the State as drought-hit in the Assembly while replying to the adjournment motion brought by the Opposition.
"While there was a shortage of 34 percent in Southwest monsoon in the state, the shortage was 69 per cent in the case of Northeast monsoon. Even if the state receives heavy rains in the months of November and December, it will have to face severe drought," the Minsiter said.
With the state declared drought-hit, a moratorium will come into effect on the agricultural loan. The state government intends to seek central aid.
VS Sivakumar MLA submitted the notice for adjournment motion pointing out the issues of power crisis in the state, water shortage faced by farmers and drinking water shortage. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala asked the government to seek central aid for drought relief.