Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao formed a 5-member Committee to keep a tab on the movement of the group of Locusts and monitor measures to prevent the Locusts swarms entering the state. He declared that all the precautions are being taken in the State to avert entry of swarms of Locust entering the State.
He said all the district collectors, police officials on the borders with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh States have been alerted, and fire engines, jetting machines, and pesticides were put in place.
The CM held a high-level review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here on Thursday on the measures to be taken if the Locusts entered the State. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretaries B Janardhan Reddy, S Narsing Rao, Jayesh Ranjan, PCCF Ms Shobha, Disaster management Secretary Rahul Bojja, DG (Fire Services) Sanjay Kumar Jain, Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Praveen Rao, CIPM Plant protection officer Ms R Sunitha, Agriculture University principal Scientists Dr S J Rehman and others participated.
The CM reviewed the entry of swarms of Locusts in the country, their travel, impact and other related issues. He enquired on the possible direction these Locusts groups would take in the days to come. The Locusts group that entered the country from Rajasthan, as on date are travelling to Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh from Maharashtra enroute Bhandara and Gondia. The experts estimate that chances are more that they may travel from Madhya Pradesh to north India and then travel to the Punjab side. Since the swarms of locusts travel along with the wind direction, if the winds blow towards the south, they may travel via Chhattisgarh to Telangana state. Though the chances are less than the locusts would enter the state, the CM, however, decided to take the following precautions to prevent the damage from the Locusts attack.
- The government has appointed a 5-member committee to estimate the travel method of the Locusts from time to time and suggest the measures to avert its entry into the state. CIPM Plant Protection Officer Ms R Sunitha, Agriculture University principal Scientist DR SJ Rehman, Warangal Conservator of Forests Akbar, Ramagundam Police Commissioner Satyanarayana, Mancherial Collector Ms Bharathi are members of the Committee. This Committee will stay in Ramagundam for four days from Friday. They will monitor the situation from Adilabad to Bhadrachalam alongside river Godavari by Helicopters. They will also monitor the killing of the Locusts if they enter.
- The district Collectors of Bhadradri Kothagudem, Mulugu, Jayashankar Bhoopalpally, Mancherial, Asifabad, Adilabad, Pedapalli, police officers concerned were alerted. They should monitor the Locusts movement and implement government orders.
- Keep 15,000 Litres of Pesticides like Malathion, Chlorpyrifos, Lambda Cyhalothrin liquid ready on the Maharashtra Chhattisgarh borders.
- Keep ready 12 Fire Engines, 12 Jetting machines.
- Chief Secretary, DGP, Disaster management secretary, Principal Secretary to Agriculture, Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor should monitor the situation from Hyderabad on a regular basis. Have consultations with Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh State governments. Take action based on the consultations. Speak to the district officers concerned and work accordingly.
Minister Puvvada Ajay, Whip Balka Suman, MLAs Laxma Reddy, Marri Janardhan Reddy, Manohar Reddy, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Jeevan Reddy, Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, Corporation Chairmen Mareddy Srinivas Reddy, Bala Mallu and others participated in the meeting.