After 151 talukas, 250 more mandals in Mah declared drought-hit

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Nov 2018 08:56:19



THE Maharashtra Government on Thursday announced drought in 250 ‘mandals’ in the State in addition to 151 talukas already declared as drought-affected. Mandals are smaller revenue units than talukas or tehsils. A taluka is made up of several mandals.

Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the 151 talukas were declared as drought-hit on Wednesday as they had fulfilled the conditions of the Union Government’s ‘drought manual’.
“We decided in the Cabinet meeting on Thursday that the mandals which have received less than 75 per cent of average rainfall or less than 700 mm of rain will also be declared as drought-hit,” he told reporters.

“Accordingly, additional 250 mandals were declared drought-hit today,” Fadnavis said. The Chief Minister said it was also decided that a committee will be formed under the Relief and Rehabilitation department to look into complaints such as an area not being declared as drought-hit for technical reasons despite the actual ground situation.

“We have also started drought relief measures in many parts,” Fadnavis said.  The Government on Wednesday declared drought in 151 talukas in 26 of the total of 36 districts in Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, Opposition Congress accused the ruling dispensation of “delay” in making the announcement.
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also alleged that the State Government had failed to abide by the “2016 Central drought manual”.
As per the manual, the State Governments have to declare drought through a notification specifying clearly the geographical extent such as gram panchayats, blocks,talukas, sub-division and districts.