The Maharashtra government declared on Tuesday over 6,000 villages in Aurangabad,Pune and Nashik districts drought-affected.
A total of 6,250 villages are drought-affected, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Patangrao Kadam said.
He said 2,894 villages in Aurangabad district had less than 50 paise crop yield,1,283 villages in Pune and 2,073 in Nashik.
On the Rs 2,000-crore financial package announced for cotton,soybean and paddy growers,Kadam said,I have directed district collectors to disburse money to farmers who have still not received it,by appointing agriculture officers. The minister said a central team would visit the drought-affected districts in mid-November to assess the situation.
He directed district collectors to assess availability of drinking water and the employment guarantee scheme in these villages.