Mumbai/Akola: Even as government development in Maharashtra is in limbo, CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray are visiting parts of the state which suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains last month.
Davendra Fadnavis is in Akola on Sunday to meet farmers and review the crop damage caused in the district due to untimely rains, an official in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
Uddhav is touring Aurangabad district on Sunday where he will take stock of the crop losses in Kannad and Vaijapur talukas, an announcement by the Sena said.
Devendra Fadnavis visited farm areas in Mhaispur, Lakhanwada, Kapashi and Chikhalgaon in Akola toward the beginning of the day and interacted with farmers who had suffered crop damage.
Devendra Fadnavis told the district collectorate to finish the crop loss survey by 6 November , including every district must have a helpline to facilitate relief for farmers.
Crops like cotton, soyabean and sorghum on an expected area of 3 lakh hectares has been damaged in Akola, local officials said during the visit.
The Maharashtra government on Saturday approved Rs Ten thousand crore as a special provision to provide immediate assistance to farmers affected by unseasonal rains.
Crops like cotton, jowar, paddy , maize, tur and soyabean on 54.22 lakh hectares spread across 325 talukas in some districts have been damaged, Davendra Fadnavis said after a review meeting on Friday.
During a Cabinet sub-committee meeting on Saturday, Davendra Fadnavis coordinated the authorities concerned to review the ground situation in their respective areas and finalise details of the assistance to be provided.
The state saw uncommon post monsoon showers this year, particularly due to cyclones in the Arabian Sea.
A large portion of the crop damage because of unfavorable showers was caused in the second and third weeks of October.
Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote on Saturday visited farmlands affected by heavy rains in Akola to assess crop damage.
The opposition Congress earlier dubbed the provision of Rs Ten thousand crore for farmers as a "mere eyewash", while Ajit Pawar said it was "inadequate" and that the BJP and Shiv Sena should come together and form government to give help to farmers hit by untimely rains.
The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are presently at loggerheads over sharing of power in the new government.
There was also speculation that the Shiv Sena may join hands with the Nationalist Congress Party and form government with outside support from the Congress.
Some state Congress leaders have said the party should back the Sena to stay the BJP out of power.
In polls to the 288-member Assembly, results of that were declared on 24 October, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44.