April 6, 2016 2:12:00 am
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.
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.
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