As the district continues to experience the dry spell, Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi ordered the officials concerned to make out alternative plans to mitigate the impact of drought and to set up control rooms in the offices of Agriculture, Horticulture, Irrigation, Medical and Health Departments and revenue divisional offices to extend necessary help to the needy. Special officers were appointed for 26 mandals to tackle drought. Control rooms have to be opened in Rural Water Supply and MPDO offices in the mandals hit by drought.

The emphasis is on drinking water and irrigation facilities and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) which helps prevent migration by providing wage employment to the distressed people.

It has to be ensured that every person seeking employment under NREGS got it. The officials of Civil Supplies Department have been ordered to keep a close watch on the prices of essential commodities which had a spurt in the recent times.

The Agriculture and Irrigation Departments have to make coordinated efforts to take proper care of the sowing operations which have almost been completed throughout the district.

Minimum water supply has to be maintained to the agricultural fields while the farmers got the necessary inputs so that they could carry out their field works without any hitch.

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