RJD MLA from Jagdishpur in Bhojpur district, Dinesh Kumar Singh, who had been on dharna in front of the main entrance of the Assembly since Monday, demanding release of canal water and declaring the state as drought hit, ended his agitation upon the intervention of former chief minister Rabri Devi.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said in the Assembly that the government was prepared for a special debate on drought like condition prevailing, if the chair so decides.

Replying to 'call attention motion' of Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav, the CM said, "The state government is very sensitive to the matter and it will again hold a video-conferencing with all the District Magistrates to get a feedback on drought."

The CM highlighted that he was wrongly briefed by the District Magistrates about the situation prevailing in the state due to the shortage of rainfall.

Referring to the official report on Patna district, Manjhi said during a visit to Dulhin Bazar, interior area of Patna district, he found the situation on the ground contrary to what the District Magistrate had said.
"There was no water in the canals and the farmers were using diesel generators to pump out ground water to irrigate their fields. I enquired and found out that the water has not been released. The government took initiative and gave Rs 6 crore to Madhya Pradesh to release water into the Sone River from its Bansagar dam. Additional water will be released by July 25," said Manjhi.
The CM also said that he was angry that the District Magistrates had submitted a wrong report by just sitting in their offices.

Earlier, before the House met, BJP legislators led by their party's chief whip Arun Kumar Sinha demonstrated over the issue of drought at the main gate of the Assembly and raised anti-government slogans. They also alleged that the state government was not paying attention to the plight of farmers.

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