Acknowledging the failure of rabi (winter) crops across the state, the government on Tuesday declared scarcity — which includes a paucity of crops, fodder and water — in 3,905 villages without waiting for a final assessment report.
Of these, the most number of affected villages are in central Maharashtra (1,674) followed by western Maharashtra (1,345) and northern Maharashtra (886).
Earlier, 123 tehsils were declared scarcity-hit because of failure of kharif (summer) production. These villages will get government aid such as employment guarantee, drinking water and the facility to move cattle to animal shelters in their respective blocks. HTC, mumbai