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Centre to give Rs 653 cr to tackle drought in Maharashtra

Piyush Goyal revealed government would increase the coal supply to Maharashtra to 18,000 tonnes per day.

Piyush Goyal estimated India's total power consumption would double to 2 trillion units by 2019.
Piyush Goyal estimated India’s total power consumption would double to 2 trillion units by 2019.

The centre has given approval for Rs 653 crore to state government to tackle the drought like situation in 19,069 villages across Maharashtra. The union minister for agriculture Radhamohan Singh who held a meeting chief minister Devendra Fadnavis pursued the government to immediately give the financial help which is temporary. And that a final package would be worked out with state component next month.

In another major decision the union minister for coal and power Piyush Goyal revealed government would increase the coal supply to Maharashtra to 18,000 tonnes per day. He revealed, “ At present the coal supply has been streamlined to 10,000 tonnes.” He also indicated that state deserved quality coal supply to minimise the expenditure and higher power generation.

At the all party meeting of members of parliament held in Mumbai, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis emphatically stated that agrarian crisis which has lead to drought like situation due to failure of kharif crop would be dealt effectively with centre’s help. While Fadnavis promised to put in place mechanism to fast track the centre-state decisions which often were struck in multi-departmental clearances, he said, “ My government would respond to every single issue raised by members across party lines which are in state welfare.”

Out of 39,134 villages, farmers are facing the massive crop losses in 19,069 villages. Although the final estimate of the financial losses would be estimated by the state revenue ministry by month end, the centre has considered the seriousness of the agrarian crisis and given temporary reprieve.

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According to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis , “ At present the state is reeling under agriculture drought which would require measures on war footing to ensure the farmers are not further driven to financial debt incurred due to non-recovery of crop yield.” The low productive of the kharif crop has alarmed the government.

At an all party meeting of members of parliament held in Mumbai to discuss the state problems, NCP president Sharad Pawar highlighted the drought situation in state. He urged the government to ensure higher renumerations to the sugar cane and cotton growing farmers. Almost 56 Mps representing both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were present at the CM meeting.

Chief minister assured he would appoint a senior officer who would be based in Delhi to coordinate the state issues with the centre. He  admitted, “ A separate meeting with Mps region wise would be held to identity and resolve the area specific central and state projects.” At the meeting it was pointed that in the past the government never bothered to respond to the letters of the Mps. Chief minister directed the officials to update progress report on every important project which was highlighted by the individuals.

Several critical issues related to departments of urban development, infrastructure (Metro, water transport, coastal road), Brimstowad (storm drainage water), expansion of railway network, power projects were discussed at the meeting.