Drought relief measures in state reviewed in Mantralaya

Efforts for tanker- free zone being made through instantaneous water supply scheme - Chandrakant Patil

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Mumbai: Relief and Rehabilitation Minister of Maharashtra, Chandrakant Patil today reviewed the schemes being implemented in the Tehsils (Talukas) which had been declared as a drought-affected taluka in the state in the meeting of Cabinet’s sub-committee. There is a plan to provide water to the citizens by introducing temporary and instantaneous water supply scheme in the areas where the water supply has been continuing through tankers. District Collectors are authorized to start fodder camps wherever necessary and in order to provide free seeds and fertilizers to farmers in the area where water is available to encourage the cultivation of fodder, Mr Patil said.

The meeting was also attended by Minister of Water Supply, Babanrao Lonikar, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Cooperative Minister Subhash Deshmukh, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department Minister Mahadev Jankar.

Relief and Rehabilitation Minister of Maharashtra Mr Patil said on this occasion that such a review meeting is held every week to implement drought-relief measures in the districts where the state government has announced drought affected areas. Demand is being made to declare drought affected area to some of the talukas of Jalna, Buldhana, Akola and Satara districts. However, the district collector has been instructed that the district administration should submit the same report within two days to declare the drought affected to those areas. Mr Patil added.

The students of the areas declared drought affected have waived the examination fee and the schools have been instructed to return the fees which the fees have already been deposited. Also, the co-operative department has directed to concern authorities that recovery of the loan from the farmers in drought-hit areas should be stopped. The state government plans to start drinking water projects by paying five percent of the electricity bill to those water projects which are un-operational due non-payment of electric bill. For this, Rs. 29 crores has been paid and the closure plan will be resumed from tomorrow, Mr Patil added.

In the areas where water supply is being provided through tankers, temporary water supply scheme is being started to provide pure drinking water to the villagers. However, till the completion of the work, the water supply will continue through the tanker. Therefore, the concerned department has been issued instructions to start these schemes immediately. Fisheries also reviewed this occasion. In areas where water is available, the farmers will be encouraged to grow fodder in those areas. For this they will be provided free seeds and fertilizers. Attempts are made to provide fodder through this and in every district, which are the Gorkha institutions, they have been notified to handle 100 to 150 animals. For this purpose, these institutions will be provided subsidy on behalf of the State Government. Apart from this, if there is a need for fodder camp, then District Collectors have been authorized to start it.

While appealing to work collectively Mr. Patil said that the state government is fully ready and prepared to face the drought like situation and the schemes made for it should be effectively implemented. Additional Chief Secretary Medha Gadgil, Additional Chief Secretary Shyamlal Goyal, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Conservation, Eknath Davle, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department (Padhum) Kumar etc. were also present.

Mr. Patil ha said that the state government is ready to face the drought situation in the state and should be implemented effectively by the relevant system. Additional Chief Secretary Medha Gadgil, Additional Chief Secretary Shyamlal Goyal, Secretary of Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Eknath Davle, Secretary of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department (Padhum) Anup Kumar and others were present in the meeting.