To assess drought-like conditions in Maharashtra,a Central team is in the state to conduct a two-day survey,Monday being the first day.
With the state government demanding nearly Rs 1,000 crore to address the drought-like conditions in the state,the Central team travelled to the dry areas Pune,Sangli,Nagar,Nashik and the Marathwada regions to understand the problems.
Principal secretary relief and rehabilitation Praveensinh Pardeshi and Pune divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh travelled with the team comprising Joint Secretary Agriculture and Cooperatives Sanjeev Chopra,agriculture commissioner Dr Aarti Mishra,Y C Sharma of department of expenditure and finance and women and child development deputy director Dr Rita Patnaik. The Central team split into five groups and travelled to different areas.
Pardeshi said the assessment was mainly to understand poor water supply conditions in the areas,dried up irrigation canals and wells,damaged crop conditions and the impact of all this on the livelihood of the people.
After the survey,we hope that the Central government will allocate the necessary funds according to the proposal prepared by the state government, said Pardeshi.
Divisional commissioner Deshmukh said on Monday the team visited Atpadi in Sangli area,Nashik,Marathwada regions,Latur,Osmanabad and Nagar. He said they will also visit Satara.
The state has been going through water scarcity and this has affected crops and their prices. The state had presented a report on the same and are expecting fund allocation to meet the situation. Proposals forwarded include recharging wells,repair works,increasing tanker supply,giving crop compensation.