The food subsides, which is given to families belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) category, is being extended to the above poverty line (APL) category in the 151 talukas that have been declared drought-hit.
Almost 62,000 students studying in these universities and colleges under it would take part in the exercise along with officials and the recommendations based on it implemented in the next kharif season.
"During drought, the government can employ the services of agriculture workers for water conservation and tree plantation works for the next five months under MNEREGA. The Centre and state are working closely to find solutions to this vexed problem," says Maharashtra Agriculture Price Commission chairman.
A water conservation secretary, who did not wish to be named, said: “The Centre’s team, after concluding its tour, expressed satisfaction over the works done under Jalyukta Shivar. Its assessment is based on visits to drought-hit talukas and interaction with villagers.”
Renowned water conservationist and environmentalist Rajendra Singh feels the government will have to take drastic measures to tackle the recurring drought in Maharashtra. In an interview to Shubhangi Khapre, Singh, known as the ‘Water Man’, talks about drought and climate change challenges ahead.