As several areas in 15 districts of Maharashtra have been hit by acute water shortage, the state government wants a Rs. 2,281-crore drought-relief package from the Centre.
An all-party delegation led by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will meet prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to seek the relief package, in addition to a central provision of five lakh tonne of food grain at below poverty line rates.
The state Congress expects the package to be announced as party general secretary Rahul Gandhi took the initiative to organise an informal meeting between Singh and Chavan on Monday in which the PM was informed of the worsening water-scarcity condition in Maharashtra. "Gandhi had requested the PM's time to apprise him of the situation after his visit to drought-affected parts of Satara," said Chavan.