Modi, who chaired a high-level meeting here on Thursday to review the progress of the monsoon so far, emphasized on ensuring adequate power and seed availability for the agricultural sector, and directed that NREGA be used to generate rural employment, if necessary.

Officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) apprised Modi of the monsoon situation.

“Though the monsoon has been delayed, rainfall is likely to improve substantially in the months of July and August,” the IMD officials said.  

Modi in the meeting also reviewed the position of water reservoirs and fodder stock and asserted on the maximum possible use of the existing water resources and best practices in rainwater harvesting.

Chalking out a strategy to deal with unfriendly weather conditions, the Ministry of Agriculture presented the contingency plan which will provide relief to more than 500 districts.

The Prime Minister also discussed the steps being taken to contain inflation.

“States should set up special courts for speedy trial of hoarders and black-marketeers,” Modi said.

The meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley , Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs and Water Resources Radha Mohan Singh, Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister and Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister.


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