Pawar hints at financial aid for state to fight ‘drought’

Maharashtra may soon get Rs 1,000 crore under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana,Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: July 30, 2012 1:28:49 am

Maharashtra may soon get Rs 1,000 crore under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY),Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Sunday.The state,which is staring at a possible drought,has pitched for financial aid to the tune of of Rs 14,000 crore from the Centre for the seven worst-affected districts.

“The state government should put forward a proposal to the Centre seeking one-time disbursement of entire funds allocated under RKVY. The size of RKVY for Maharashtra is Rs 1,000 crore and if the Centre receives such a proposal,all the funds will be released immediately,” Pawar said.

However,as per the existing disbursement norms,funds are released in instalments and a report on utilisation will have to be submitted to receive the next instalment. “The weather reports and experts’ opinion on the possibility of rainfall is not very optimistic. Compared to Maharashtra,the situation in Karnataka,Gujarat is worse,” he said.

The Union minister,who is heading an empowered group of ministers that will closely monitor the drought situation in the country,said he will meet the state Cabinet on Wednesday in Mumbai and then hold further meetings with Karnataka,Gujarat and Rajasthan in the coming days to monitor the situation.

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