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EGoM approves Rs 1,207 cr drought relief package to Maharashtra

An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on drought, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, has approved Rs 1,207 crore relief package to Maharashtra.

BT Online Bureau | March 13, 2013 | Updated 11:27 IST

An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on drought, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, has approved Rs 1,207 crore relief package to Maharashtra.

Of the total amount, Rs 807 crore will be released under the National Disaster Relief Fund to 3,905 villages in the state where drought has affected rabi crops, sources said.

The rest Rs 400 crore will be released under the National Horticulture Mission to 1,100 villages where drought has hit kharif crops, they said.

"Rs 1,207 crore drought relief package has been approved for Maharashtra," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is also a member of the EGoM, said after the meeting of the ministers.

The Maharashtra government had demanded a relief package of Rs 1,801 crore under the National Disaster Relief Fund, but the central team after assessing the situation recommended Rs 872 crore.

Last year, Rs 778 crore was approved to the state under this fund to mitigate losses to crop.

Of the total 34 districts in Maharashtra, the worst-affected are Solapur, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Pune, Satara, Beed and Nashik. The situation is also serious in Buldhana, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Aurangabad, Jalna, Jalgaon and Dhule districts, an official said.

Some districts in the state are facing acute shortage of fodder and drinking water problem. Drinking water is being supplied through tankers in most affected villages, the official added.

Shinde said the EGoM has approved drought relief packages for Kerala and other states as well.

With inputs from PTI

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