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Govt to send revised proposal for drought relief from Centre: CM Fadnavis

The high powered central team has given nod for including additional 5,700 villages to drought list of 19,059.

fadnavis The high powered central team has given nod for including additional 5,700 villages to drought list of 19,059. (Source: PTI)

At the end of the two days visit to drought hit regions in Maharashtra, the high powered central committee has given nod to extend the financial relief to additional 5,700 villages in region of Marathwada and Vidarbha.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to send a revised proposal of Rs 4500 to 5000 crore to the Centre. Last week, the state had sought Rs 3,925 crore help from the Centre.

At present, the government had identified 19,059 villages as drought hit. The central team has also given consent to enhance the financial allocations for drought affected farmers in state. The Centre has urged Fadnavis to send a revised proposal to facilitate more financial allocations to the state.

It admitted that the drought situation in state at present (2014) is far more serious compared to year 2012.

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Fadnavis on Wednesday held a meeting with the central team at Vidhan Bhawan in Nagpur. The central team was lead by additional secretary government of India, Pravesh Sharma.

Fadnavis said, “The central team which visited 14 districts across the region of Vidarbha and Marathwada has reassured to reconsider the revised proposal following additional 5,700 villages to the existing 19,059 village declared as drought hit.”

The total villages in state are approximately 39,034.

Last week, state government had announced a package of Rs 7,000 crore. It expected from Centre a financial component up to Rs 3,925 crore to provide relief to the farmers for crop losses.

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Interestingly, after Fadnavis’ meeting with the central team it was felt the state would require to widen the scope of relief to more villages.

According to Fadnavis, ” The state government would send a fresh memorandum of revised estimate to the Centre. The total number of villages which would require immediate relief are now 24,759.”

The revised list of villages reeling under drought was accepted after hearing complaints from the elected members over the week.

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Several MLAs of the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena told Indian Express, ” The earlier list of 19,059 was compiled based on the reports from the respective district collectors. But over the last two weeks we have pursued the matter as villages which are badly affected were left out from the drought category.”

Fadnavis has repeatedly assured the members across the party lines that when it comes to drought relief there would no scope for any politics. And that the calamity which is a big challenge would be approached with a humanitarian ground where every deserving individual across the affected village would be entitled for the relief from both Centre and state.

While admitting that the drought in 2014 was more serious compared to 2012, the central team has given its nod to adopt flexibility and revise the financial package after ascertaining the exact quantum of crop losses.

Fadnavis said, “The central team’s outlook was extremely positive towards extending all the financial help to reach the drought hit farmers in the region of Vidarbha and Marathwada.”

Another aspect which is being worked out related to reaching out food grains to the drought hit regions.

First published on: 17-12-2014 at 08:26:12 pm
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