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Agri officials asked to grow paddy seedlings

By Correspondent

JORHAT, July 29 - Taking stock of the devastation caused by flood on agricultural land in 228 villages of Majuli, Teok, Jorhat East and Jorhat West Revenue Circles of Jorhat district, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora today directed the officials of the Agriculture Department to grow sufficient numbers of paddy seedlings for flood-hit farmers so that these can be used after the flood.

If any government employee is found negligent in his or her duty during this period of devastating flood, the Government will take immediate disciplinary action, warned Bora.

It may be mentioned that paddy fields measuring 1,780 hectares at Borbheti, Malowkhat, Namoni Gayon Gaon, Daini Gaon, Napamua and 39 other villages were reeling under flood in Jorhat West Revenue Circle after the Bhogdoi river breached an embankment a few weeks back. Official data reveal that 29,140 hectares of paddy fields in 139 villages under the Majuli Revenue Circle were destroyed in the recent wave of floods.

At the Teok Revenue Circle and Jorhat East Revenue Circle, 510 hectares and 280 hectares of cropland respectively were affected by the flood during this monsoon.

The minister also directed the government officials to monitor the living conditions in the relief camps and provide medicine and healthcare services to all the affected people.

As the massive erosion caused by the Brahmaputra river poses a serious threat to a major portion of the embankment at Lalitimukh in west Jorhat, the Agriculture Minister visited the spot and asked the officials of the Water Resources Department to ensure the safety of the embankment.

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