Maharashtra govt declares drought in 12,000 Vidarbha villages

Of the total 12,000 villages, nearly 5,900 come under Amravati division, while the remaining are spread across Gondia, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Yavatmal and Nagpur.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 25, 2016 7:44 am
Maharashtra drought, Vidarbha drought, Vidarbha farmer suicides, Vidarhba farmers, Vidarbha news, Of the total 12,000 villages, nearly 5,900 come under Amravati division, while the remaining are spread across Gondia, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Yavatmal and Nagpur.

The Maharashtra government has declared drought in 12,000 villages across Vidarbha. The decision will help farmers growing cotton, paddy and soyabean across the region, who were not eligible for the special drought package as per the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) guidelines.

Of the total 12,000 villages, nearly 5,900 come under Amravati division, while the remaining are spread across Gondia, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Yavatmal and Nagpur.

With district officials earlier reporting that these villages in Vidarbha were not eligible for the special drought package under NDRF guidelines, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said in the Legislative Assembly the government would override the norms to provide the special package to farmers facing crisis in the cotton belt.

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As per norms, the percentage of rainfall along with crop losses are studied for declaration of drought.

“While there was a drop in crop production, the rainfall norms did not allow NDRF to consider these villages as drought-hit,” said Fadnavis.

Revenue and Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse took the formal decision to declare drought and provide relief to these farmers after a meeting with the CM. Fadnavis also discussed the matter with the Centre.

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  1. A
    Mar 25, 2016 at 2:02 am
    The only way to fight this draught situation is to harvest rain water and existing water which would ultimatly help to increase water table level owing to the topographical disadvantage of central and eastern maharashtra.
    1. V
      Vedic Rashtra
      Mar 25, 2016 at 4:38 am
      The real reasons for the situation. We helped with 70,000 crores (USD 10 Billion) of our tax money. Irrigation_Scam Some other data points: * Rs6,75,000 crore Aggregate spend on irrigation by state governments over the last ten years between FY06 and FY15. * 10.3%: Compounded annual growth in state government’s spend on irrigation between FY06 and FY15 * 1.3% is the compounded annual growth rate in total irrigated area between FY96 and FY11. According to the agriculture census data, there has only been a marginal rise from 37% to 45% in the sown area being irrigated now. See more at: We all want to help but is it being reciprocated, reaching the right people, is there accountability?? I just cringed when I read this. Avinash Bho is a Pune builder who was given most of the govt contracts to build roads, irrigation projects, building contracts etc… Just read on and see how well our tax money has been put to use ….. His collections of cars FW6_hYVbDmoVhwandsig2=_GmqnSUztUiJXE3GuD1yCQ His palace
      1. H
        Mar 25, 2016 at 7:03 am
        Oh! Nagpur is drought declared area and we are playing lavish cricket matches. Imagine water consumed to water ground, many players with spouse, managers, support team etc. stay, consuming water and electricity. How to balance this?
        1. B
          Mar 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm
          Help the farmers, whatever the way. They are our FOOD-givers. Remembers city elites, you cannot eat your computers and eliticism. Farmers must be given protection, everywhere.
          1. S
            Santa Subito
            Mar 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm
            To cope this issues we need to change agricultural practices too, since over 70% of clean water is used for agriculture and this is no longer acceptable! So I suggest to everyone to search "Waterless Farming" on google to discover more eco-friendly techniques
            1. P
              Mar 25, 2016 at 4:24 am
              Govt. must make a permanent solutions to such problems. that is, development of water resource management keeping the idea of water harvesting during rainy season and water distribution systems during these period when there is no water. we are not taking lessons from the past rather making jokes every year. thousands of farmers are giving up life due to crop failure for the want of water, we make hue and cry for two days over electronic media to make their rating higher . and be silent over the year. congress govt. or BJP Govt. we find little difference, as the case of farmers' suicide. It was expected that Modiji would perhaps take some concrete action on this . But very sorry to say, all are in good and bookish lectures .
              1. R
                Mar 25, 2016 at 6:53 am
                You initiate mive river inter linking projects and you have the Medha Patkars and the Arvind Kejriwals crying foul about destruction of natural resources.
                1. P
                  Mar 25, 2016 at 3:29 am
                  Voiceless is dying
                  1. A
                    Aditya Tripathy
                    Mar 25, 2016 at 9:56 am
                    Instead of continuously reporting that drought has affected Maharashtra, Can media also print the solution available to reduce this drought effect so that we can see whether govt is working on those plans or not ?
                    1. Y
                      Yash Pal
                      Mar 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                      The requirement of water is going to increase, with better living standards. Even a campaign like a proper toilet in every household will require a lot of water (such a campaign was indeed overdue). Now, to meet this increasing requirement, perhaps we should look at desalination in a big way, along with water harvesting and water management.
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