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Out of the total amount, Rs807 crore will be released under the National Disaster Relief Fund to 3,905 villages in the state and the rest Rs400 crore will be released under the National Horticulture Mission to 1,100 villages where drought has hit kharif crops
An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on drought headed by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday approved Rs1,207 crore relief package for Maharashtra.
“Rs1,207 crore drought relief package has been approved for Maharashtra,” home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is also a member of the EGoM, said after the meeting.
Out of the total amount, Rs807 crore will be released under the National Disaster Relief Fund to 3,905 villages in the state where drought has affected rabi crops, sources said.
The rest Rs400 crore will be released under the National Horticulture Mission to 1,100 villages where drought has hit kharif crops, they said.
The Maharashtra government had demanded a relief package of Rs1,801 crore under the National Disaster Relief Fund, but the central team after assessing the situation recommended Rs 872 crore.
Last year, Rs778 crore was approved to the state under this fund to mitigate losses to crop.
Shinde said the EGoM has approved drought relief packages for Kerala and other states as well.
Of the total 34 districts in Maharashtra, the worst- affected are Solapur, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Pune, Satara, Beed and Nashik. The situation is also serious in Buldhana, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Aurangabad, Jalna, Jalgaon and Dhule districts.
Some districts in the state are facing acute shortage of fodder and drinking water problem. Drinking water is being supplied through tankers in most affected villages.
The union government has so far been maintaining that the order set out in the Table of Precedence is meant only for State and ceremonial occasions and has no application in the day-to-day business of the government. However, it is used daily by all the VIPs and VVIPs ignoring the hardships faced by citizens