AP List of 257 Drought Mandals in Andhra Pradesh GO 2 Dated 13.02.2019

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Due to  adverse seasonal  conditions  prevailed in  the  State, in  the reference  3rd read above, Government have   requested all  the District Collectors in  the State to  furnish the proposals as per  guidelines communicated earlier  for  declaration of  Mandals as Drought affected  during  Rabi  2018-19.  

  2. In the reference 4th  to  14th   read above,  certain District Collectors in  the State have submitted proposals for  declaration of  Mandals as Drought affected  during  Rabi 2018 -19.       

  3. In the reference  first read  above, Government constituted a  Committee on Drought to scrutinize the proposals submitted by  the District Collectors for  declaration  of Drought affected Mandals. During  the review  meeting  conducted  by  the Committee held on 12.02.2019  have  examined  the proposals in  detail,  received from  the District Collectors of  Chittoor,  Kurnool,  YSR  Kadapa,  Ananthapuramu,  SPSR  Nellore, Prakasam, Vizianagaram, Guntur, Krishna,  Visakhapatnam  East,  West Godavari  and  Krishna   Districts for declaration of Drought affected Mandals in Rabi 2018 -19 in light of the  guidelines prescribed by  Government of India and recommended to the Government that 257 Mandals as Drought affected in Eight (8)  Districts  i.e  Chittoor, Kurnool, YSR Kadapa,  Ananthapuramu, SPSR Nellore, Prakasam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam districts during Rabi 2018 -19. (Out of which 228 mandals categorized as Severe Drought and 29 Mandal as Moderate Drought).         

             4.      Government after careful examination of the reports furnished by the District Collectors and recommendations of the Committee on Drought in the references read above,  it is decided to issue a Notification (Annexure -1) for declaration of 257 Mandals (as in the Annexure-II) as Drought affected, out of which 228 Mandals categorized as Severe Drought and 29 Mandal as Moderate Drought  in Eight (8)  Districts  i.e  Prakasam ( 40 Severe), Nellore (21 Severe), Chittoor (37 Severe), Ananthapuramu (32 Severe), YSR Kadapa (43 Severe), Kurnool (33 Severe), Vizianagaram (22 Severe) and Visakhapatnam (29 Moderate) during Rabi 2018-19.  

                 5. The District Collectors concerned shall ensure deletion of the notified municipal/ urban areas and areas falling under permanent assured irrigation sources. Urban Mandals which are not declared as drought affected, shall be treated on par with drought affected Mandals for the purpose of drinking water. The District Collectors concerned shall issue a notification in the District Gazette as mentioned in Annexure - I&II in Telugu and English and take immediate further necessary action.       

         6. The Joint Directors of Agriculture,  who attended the Review meeting conducted by the Committee on Drought, have requested the Committee that certain mandals need to be declared as drought affected as per Ground truthing norms/ guidelines. Such type of mandals 43 are identified, the time limit for declaration of drought can be considered upto March, 2019.  Hence, Government is hereby directed all the District Collectors, to personally identify such mandals and submit proposals in the prescribed format to the Committee on Drought for its consideration as per the norms.

    7.      The Commissioner and Director of Printing, Stationery and Stores Purchase (Printing Wing), Andhra Pradesh shall publish the notification in the extra-ordinary issue of Andhra Pradesh Gazette dated, 13/02/2019. 

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