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Govt announces drought-like situation in 6,250 villages of Maharashtra

Posted on Jan 02, 11:06PM | UNI

The state government today declared drought-like situation in 6,250 villages of Maharashtra due to shortage of rainfall during the monsoon season.

An announcement to this effect was made in a cabinet meeting here.

The government said due to less rainfall during the year, drought-like situation has arisen in 6,250 villages of the state, an official release here said.

To tackle the situation, government has decided to increase subsidy to 67 per cent to those villages where there was less rainfall, which affected the 'kharif' crops and its produce capacity is below 50 paise.

Of this, 50 per cent subsidy will be borne by the Water Supply department, while 17 per cent by the relief and rehabililtation department and remaining by the gram panchayats, the release said.

The government also sanctioned Rs 180 crore for the fodder camps. The government imposed a limit on expenditure of Rs 60 on big cattle and Rs 30 on small cattle, which started from yesterday itself, it added.