The Gujarat government has declared 623 villages as scarcity-affected owing to scanty rains last year. An official release said that 64 of these villages are in Porbandar, 190 in Jamnagar, 68 in Devbhumi- Dwarka and 301 in Kutch districts.
The decision was taken in the meeting of Cabinet Sub- Committee on Drought attended by education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, agriculture minister Babubhai Bokhiria, minister of state for health Shankar Chaudhary and minister of state for cow protection Tarachand Chheda.
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The release added that these villages will get fodder at the same rate at which it is being provided to drought- affected areas. It, though, specifically added that these villages had been declared as scarcity-affected and not as drought-affected.
It is to be noted that last week Gujarat Government had announced 527 villages as semi-drought-hit.