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All-party meet to discuss drought situation

Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times  Nagpur, December 21, 2012
First Published: 02:17 IST(21/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:21 IST(21/12/2012)

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan plans to hold an all-party meeting to tackle the drought-like situation in the state and is likely to announce a bail-out package on Friday.

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Members of the Opposition created an uproar in the Assembly over the issue. While Bala Nandgaonkar (MNS) and Nana Patole (BJP) raised an objection over the government’s casual attitude in announcing concrete measures even after a two-day debate, Chimanrao Patil (Shiv Sena) accused the government of being insensitive.

Treasury bench members Shashikant Shinde (NCP) and Shirish Kotwal (Independent) wanted to know the view of the ruling combine. Following noisy scenes, the speaker adjourned the House for 20 minutes.

Deputy speaker Vasant Purke, who was in the chair after the House reassembled, had to adjourn the House for another 15 minutes.

Opposition leader Eknath Khadse, along with Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena), Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP) and others, accused the government of wasting the precious time of the House when it had no answers. Senior BJP member Sudhir Mungattiwar said that soyabean and cotton farmers in the region were not getting good prices for their produce. He said that the guarantee price of raw cotton should be increased.

As the government did not respond to the demand of the Opposition, they trooped into the well that led to another adjournment for 15 minutes.

After the proceedings resumed, speaker Dilip Walse-Patil announced that the CM will give a detailed reply on Friday.

Earlier, responding to the debate on the issue, the chief minister had informed the House that the state would soon convene a high-level meeting with ministers from the Centre, the state and the officials concerned to tackle the drought-like situation in the state.

Admitting the situation was bad, Chavan said that the primary concern was the supply of drinking water to the 13 affected districts.

Measures have been initiated for water management till July next year, he added.

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