In order to highlight the struggles and demands of women farmers from suicide-affected households from Vidarbha and Marathwada, the Maharashtra chapter of MAKAAM organised a symbolic agitation at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Wednesday.
“This time it is more severe than the 1972 drought. He claimed that even 22 days after drought was declared, the government was yet to undertake relief measures and provide water tankers to the people,” NCP leader Dhananjay Munde said.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, also urged the government to initiate concrete steps towards drought mitigation. Vikhe-Patil said, “The crop loss should be adequately compensated immediately.”
On October 31, the state government declared drought in 151 talukas across 26 districts. Of these, 112 are facing "severe drought" and 39 "medium drought". The state comprises 355 talukas, of which 182 were declared "drought-prone" on October 24.
"I request Prime Minister Modi to spend Diwali in Marathwada this year. Diwali gift for Marathwada should be a drought relief package, clean drinking water and uninterrupted power supply," Ashok Chavan said.
The study ‘Agrarian distress: Why Vidarbha and Marathwada alone’, which aims to identify the causes behind the farm crisis in these regions, says top priority should be given to watershed strategies while planning mitigation measures.