State Government of Gujarat on 5 December 2014 declared 353 villages of Kutch district as completely or partially scarcity-affected. Of total 353 villages, 79 were declared completely scarcity-affected and 274 as partially affected by water shortage.
These villages were declared as scarcity affected after the state government conducted a survey of the Kharif Crops in Kutch region. Following the survey, these villages were found to be facing acute shortages for drinking water and fodder following insufficient rainfall during the monsoon season.
Apart from this, Gujarat government issued orders to the concerned departments to take prompt and adequate relief measures in these scarcity affected villages.
Following measures were announced to deal with the situation:
• To provide employments under the MGNREGA and drinking waters for the human and live-stocks
• Small farmers and poor animal breeders of Kutch region to be provided 4 kilo-grams of grass per cattle head at the rate of 2 rupees on daily basis.
• The Gau-Shalas and Panjara Poles will get a subsidy of 25 rupees per day each cattle head.
• The cattle camps will also get a subsidy of 25 rupees per day on each cattle head.
Where: of Gujarat
When: on 5 December 2014