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Bihar demands Central assistance to tackle drought

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday demanded Central assistance of Rs 12,000 crore to tide over the drought situation in 33 of the total 38 districts of the state.

Kumar, who is here on a two-day visit, made the demand during his meeting with Finance Minister P Chidambaram. He also demanded that a central team visit Bihar to assess the situation. Bihar government had yesterday declared 33 of the total 38 districts in the state as drought affected.

Kumar said his government is keeping a watch on the situation and if required, the remaining five districts will also be declared drought-affected.PTI


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