As water scarcity in nearly 16 districts worsens by the day, the state government is thinking about increasing the per person quota of water and hike the funds given to cattle camps for fodder. The decision is expected in the next few days.
Ministers from the Marathwada region, where most districts are hit by the drought, raised the issue of inadequate water supply and funding for cattle camps. The ministers said that the quota of 20 litre per person per day was too little. They demanded the quota be raised to 30 litres. They also complained that the state funding of Rs. 60 per animal in cattle camps was inadequate.
The ministers, including higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope, PWD minister Jaidutt Kshirsagar and dairy development minister Madhukar Chavan said fodder and other supplementary feed supplied to the cattle in camps was substandard as the rate given to the operators was low. They demanded that per animal funding be raised to Rs80 per animal. They contended that since the contribution by the central government has been increased, the state government should not hesitate to hike the contribution.
Rural development department minister Jayant Patil said increase in quota will lead to deployment of 1,750 more tankers than the current 3,562 which are supplying 7,217 villages and 2,977 hamlets.
CM Prithviraj Chavan assured the ministers he will take a positive view on the demand. He said the collectors of concerned districts would be asked to submit their reports on the issue. Chavan assured the ministers of a decision in the next few days.