Even as 106 villages in Kutch district have already been declared semi-drought-hit, the Gujarat government is likely to double the number soon with the Relief Commissioner’s office sending a fresh proposal to add around 100 more villages to the list in the same region.
The state government had identified these villages in the district’s Abdasa and Lakhpat talukas, where they have already implemented various relief schemes. Its relief initiatives include providing grass for people rearing livestock.
As per the available details, the state government has set up 13 grass depots in these villages. So far, 1,772 Grass Cards have been distributed to as many families of these two villages, which are home to mostly small and marginalised farmers.
As per rules, each family is entitled to 4 kg grass per cattle for a maximum of five cattle. Sources said that so far 1.5 lakh kg grass has been distributed in the two drought-hit areas. Apart from this, 13 cattle camps have been started in the drought-hit villages catering to 7,335 cattle.
To meet water scarcity in these villages, the state government is also providing water with the help of water tankers. At least 26 water tankers have been deployed for the purpose on a daily basis.
To help these villagers make a living, the state government has also started nine works under the provisions of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), under which 572 villagers are getting employment, sources said.