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Sharad Pawar meets Maharashtra CM to discuss drought-mitigation measures

NCP chief Sharad Pawar met CM Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday to discuss drought-mitigation measures for affected areas in the state

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2019 00:01 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
         

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday to discuss drought-mitigation measures for affected areas in the state. Pawar, who was accompanied by party leaders Ajit Pawar, Rana Jagjitsingh Patil and Deepak Salunkhe, discussed issues about cattle camps, providing drinking water to affected people, and providing employment to the people of the drought-stricken areas.

According to officials, Pawar raised issues about the delay in setting up of cattle camps in affected areas and providing varied types of fodder other than sugarcane for the cattle.

Following the meeting, the CM office tweeted: “Senior leader Sharad Pawar meets CM and discussed issues and drought mitigation measures. GoM has already taken many decisions like ₹100 grant/livestock for fodder camps,tanker supply based on village population of 2018. CM promised to look into other demands too.” On Wednesday, the state government decided to increase the grant to ₹100 for large animal (cows and buffaloes) and ₹50 for small animals (calves) from ₹90 and ₹45 respectively. The announcement was made by relief and rehabilitation minister Chandrakant Patil, who heads a sub-committee on drought.

On May 13, Pawar wrote a letter to the CM raising concern over the situation of drought and water scarcity that farmers are facing. To deliberate and resolve the issues, which he came to know during his tour of the drought-hit villages, the veteran leader has sought Fadnavis’s appointment and also requested to hold a joint meeting along with officials concerned.

Pawar has visited drought-affected villages of Solapur, Satara, Ahmednagar and Beed districts. He interacted with farmers and also those running cattle camps. “The drought is worse than that of 1972. The retreating monsoon spell didn’t arrive at all, which has badly impacted the Rabi crop. At some places, I was told by farmers that villages are not getting water tankers on a regular basis, creating issues for drinking water, while at some places tankers are supplying contaminated water,” the letter states.

“Those who are running cattle camps are unable to run them as the grant against each cattle by the state is not sufficient. This should be increased to ₹119 per cattle,” Pawar said in the letter.

First Published: May 16, 2019 00:01 IST

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