Bhubanewar; Dec.3: The 10-member Central team led by Union Joint Secretary, Agriculture, K.S. Srinivas in two groups reached Nuapada and Bargarh districts on Thursday to assess the drought situation.
Talking to mediapersons after a meeting with the Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha (SRC) PK Mohapatra here, Srinivas said, "Each group will tour two districts and do assessment of the situation. On December 5, the Central team will have a debrief meeting with the Chief Secretary, and then a discussion with the Chief Minister."
The Union Agriculture Ministry has constituted the inter-Ministerial Committee after the Odisha government presented a demand for Rs 1,687 crore interim aid before the Centre to tackle the drought situation.