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Maharashtra Government constituted Cabinet sub-panel to tackle impending drought crisis

Aug 12, 2015 15:12 IST

Maharashtra government on 11 August 2015 constituted a cabinet sub-committee to prepare an action plan to tackle the impending drought crisis. The committee will be headed by state Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse.

Other members of the committee will be Water Supply Minister Babanrao Lonikar, Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

At present, Beed, Osmanabad and Latur districts of Maharashtra are facing the worst crisis. To tackle the situation of drought, the government has planned to transport drinking water from the Ujani dam to Latur in the Marathwada region through railway wagons.

It will also purchase fodder from other states and generate employment in these regions will be made available under EGS and Jalyukta Shivar.

Besides, the government has also decided to increase the depth of rivers so that water storage level increases in the event of good rainfall. It also set a target to desilt all small rivers in Marathwada within five years.

According to official figures, the Marathwada region is the worst affected with water levels in Beed, Latur and Osmanabad districts having gone below 600-ft.

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