Union Government sanctioned 2000 crore rupees under NDRF for drought-hit districts of Maharashtra
The 2000 crore rupees will be spent to meet the expenses of emergency response, relief and rehabilitation measures in the drought affected areas of the state.
The High Level Committee (HLC) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on 24 March 2015 sanctioned 2000 crore rupees to the drought affected areas in Maharashtra for the year 2014.
HLC comprising of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh directed the Union Ministry of Finance to release funds from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to the state.
The funds will be spent to meet the expenses of emergency response, relief and rehabilitation measures in 24000 villages which were declared as drought affected by the Maharashtra Government by the end of 2014. Vidarbha region in the eastern part of the state is the worst affected due to drought conditions.
The sanctioned amount is four times higher than 500 crore rupees allotted for the year 2013.