Nearly half of India’s districts, 302 of 640 are facing deficit or scanty, at least 20 percent below of normal rainfall this monsoon season. A recently released India Meteorological Department figures says.
However, only 110 districts have been notified drought-hit by the states, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
In 302, only Uttar Pradesh and Bihar accounts for 91 drought-hit districts. But, these states are yet to notify their respective districts as drought-hit. Similarly, states like, Gujarat, Telangana, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Haryana are yet to declare their 58 districts as drought-hit.
Notifying of the districts as drought-hit by states or Centre is very crucial for farmers. It enables them to claim compensation for their crop damage, and avail special provisions like drinking water, cattle fodder, restructuring crop loans.
This can partly address the distress migration in rural areas after back-to-back deficit monsoon.