In two days, State may be declared ‘drought-like’ hit

Pandurang Mhaske
Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Around 201 talukas in Maharashtra are facing ‘scarcity-like’ conditions

Mumbai: A series of issues including soaring mercury levels, unprecedented dip in water level of rivers, sudden drying up of wells, depletion of groundwater reserves, the State government is going to declare drought-like situation in Maharashtra in next two days. 

Around 201 talukas in Maharashtra are facing ‘scarcity like’ conditions and all ministers have been asked to submit a report on this issue of their concern areas. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had allowed 201 talukas from 32 districts and asked the ministers to get information about the drought situation in the concerned area. Only Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban district, Thane and Gadchiroli was excluded from the survey as there is no water scarcity in the region. 
 
“A decision of declaring the talukas as ‘scarcity-hit’ will be taken in next two days and the relief to the people hit by the drought like situation will be announced. Later, a Central team will visit to review the situation and then a decision of declaring drought will be taken, since it (declaring drought) is in the Centre’s domain,” said an official from Revenue Department. He informed that inputs about the prevailing scarcity situation is being compiled for submission to the Union government.

After declaring drought-like situation, the government has to announce eight relief to the farmers hit by the scarcity. 

As the drought like situation will be announced the revenue department will waive off the land revenue of the farmers, 33% concession is electricity bill of agricultural pumps, educational fees of the farmers kids will be waived off, restructuring of loans borrowed from the cooperative credit societies, stay on loan recovery, conditions of Employment Guarantee Schemes (EGS) will be relaxed, water tankers will be provided to the villages and electricity for the agricultural pumps will not be disconnected for the reason of non payment of bills. 

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