New Delhi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and requested him to send a Central team to assess the dreadful condition of drought in Jharkhand.

Munda also requested the Centre to clear the air, given the confusion created by the statements made by some union ministers and the top officials of PSUs over the delisting of some castes from the Central list of reservation.

After meeting with the Prime Minister, Munda said the farmers in Jharkhand are in dire straits due to persistent drought in the state for the last two-three years. “I have requested the PM that the team of union agriculture ministry be sent to the state and assess the damage and submit a report suggesting ways to handle the disaster,” said the CM.

Arjun Munda also apprised the PM of some sub-castes of Vaishya community in Jharkhand being unhappy for being removed from the Central list of reservation on the recommendation of National Commission for Backward Classes.

Munda said the Prime Minister has assured him that he would direct the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mukul Wasnik to sort out the issue at the earliest.

Munda also sought the Centre to clear its stand on the anti-encroachment drive in the state. Munda informed that he has also requested the Prime Minister to clear pending infrastructure projects related to road, irrigation, electricity and drinking water in the state.

He alleged that the 2000 MW power project at North Karanapura is pending for the last one decade because of conflict between two union ministries - Power and Coal.

JPN/Bureau