The proposal, which is at a discussion stage, is part of the country's multi-pronged strategy to adapt to changing climatic patterns

Central India, comprising Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, received 68% more rains than normal during the week

Move seen as yardstick to measure efficacy of government schemes

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi.

The allocation for a toilet unit is Rs 12,000, irrespective of the total cost of structure

Spread of irrigation, rise in drought-tolerant seeds have come as saviour, says study

Skymet still feels rain would be normal

Total area impacted across India pegged at 18.9 mn hectares

IMD's forecast is a good nine percentage points less than that of Skymet

For PPP projects, clause on consent requirement could be abolished or brought down to 50% of land owners, against the current 70%