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Maharashtra Govt asked for Rs 2,200 cr for scarcity-hit areas: CM

Posted on Feb 13, 09:50AM | UNI

Beed, Feb 12 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today accepted that the problem of scarcity in the district and other parts of the state is serious and said that to tackle the situation, government has sent a proposal of Rs 2,200 crore to the central government.

"We have sent a proposal of Rs 2,200 crore to central government for scarcity-affected areas in the state," he said while talking to reporters here after a review of relief works in district.

He said the proposed fund of Rs 2,200 crore would be used for building cement check dams and watershed development in the state to avoid the same situation in near future.

He said if needed funds for development works will be diverted to scarcity-affected areas, but cautioned that the funds sanctioned for the projects should be utilised properly.

He expressed confidence that the government would do everything necessary to overcome the prevailing situation.

He admitted that the problem of drinking water was acute in the scarcity-affected areas and said government was doing everything to provide water to the people of these areas.

The Chief Minister further said he will talk to Union Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh and urged him to implement the MGREGS in these areas for providing employment to the people of these areas.

Mr Chavan also said that he will also appeal to Governor K Sankaranarayanan to sanction storage projects having irrigation capacity more than 250 hectares.

He also appealed to ministers and MLAs not to make politics over scarcity.

Some decisions regarding scarcity about MGREGS and chavnis will taken up in next cabinet meeting, he added.