Implementation of drought-relief programmes will begin after a final assessment of how many villages will be declared drought-hit in the 123 talukas already declared beneficiaries of the relief programme,said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in New Delhi on Friday.
A delegation led by Chavan,including Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar,Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe,Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil,Water Supply Minister Laxman Dhoble and Employment Guarantee Minister Nitin Raut met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar ,who also heads the Empowered Group of Ministers on Drought,in New Delhi on Friday.
The state has sought nearly Rs 2,500 crore from the Centre as assistance for drought relief measures. Apart from water conservation schemes,completion of last mile irrigation works and supply of drinking water through tankers,other measures the state intends to implement include waiver of students exam fee,waiver of electricity bills,reconnecting electricity lines wherever they were disconnected for non-payment of outstanding dues and rescheduling of farmers loans.
The government has also made a case for increasing the minimum guarantee of work under the employment guarantee scheme from 100 days a year to 150 days.