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931 more villages in Maharashtra may possibly be declared drought-hit

931 more villages in Maharashtra may possibly be declared drought-hit: The state government on Thursday, in view of the severe water scarcity and low crop produce, decided to announce 931 added villages in Maharashtra as drought-hit. There are 151 tehsils where relief efforts have already instigated.

931 More Maharashtra Villages May Be Declared Drought-Hit

These villages are to be found in 50 revenue circles in eight localities such as Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Buldhana, Parbhani, Jalna, Satara and Osmanabad. The decision of the cabinet sub-     commission carries the total sum of revenue circles which are affected by scarcity of water to 318. Every single revenue circle consists of 30 to 40 villages.

Chandrakant Patil, who is the state relief and rehabilitation minister said, “These villages got less than 75% of the average rainfall or a crop produce less than 50% of the estimate. Relief measures will begin with immediate effect.”

The districts which are found affected with natural disaster are Nagpur, Nanded, Satara, Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna, Latur, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Nashik, Ahmednagar, , Jalgaon , Nandurbar, Dhule Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur, Parbhani, Buldhana, Washim,Wardha, Pune, Sangli, Solapur nd Yavatmal.

Maharashtra is presently whirling under lack of water and drought and the condition is to be expected to get worse with the arrival of summer. As per the accord with the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) standards in November, the state had declared drought in 151 tehsils.

Various opposition and farmers associations had created a commotion, appealing that the affected villages were missing out of the list.

After their claims the state then said that it would review its decision. Even though the expenditures for drought extenuation in the 151 tehsils will be accepted by the Centre, the state will have to make available the help to the 318 revenue circles.

As per the reports, total number of 82.27 lakh farmers got affected by the droughts by hitting about 60% or 85.76 lakh hectares of the overall cultivable land in the state, which is the serious concern emerging in the Maharashtra.

The state has required monetary support of ₹7,961 crore from the Centre which will be further divided for various cause. Out of ₹7,961 crore, ₹7,103 crore is for compensations to crops, ₹535 crore for providing food and ₹323 crore for supplying water draught prone areas in the state.

According to NDRF norms, the farmers work on non-irrigated land than they will get a recompense of ₹6,800 per hectare for up to two hectares. In instance of irrigated land than they are eligible to a recompense of ₹13,500 per hectare, while for market gardening crops the farmers will get compensation of ₹18,000 for a hectare up to two hectares.

In the previous drought which was occurred in the year 2016 does not cause this much disaster as in this year. In 2016, the droughts mostly hit the Marathawada and Vidarbha regions. But this year it has affected 26 districts and is spreaded across the state such as Vidarbha, Marathwada, north and west Maharashtra and the Konkan region.