Mumbai: Stating that the drought in the state this year is more severe than that of 1972, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday asked Congress workers to reach out to the people and inform them about the government`s efforts to bring relief.
"This year`s drought is more severe than the one faced in 1972. It is serious because there is acute shortage of water," Chavan said at a state-level meeting of the party functionaries here.
Water from irrigation projects was being used for drinking purpose, he said.
Party workers should visit drought-affected regions and inform the people about the measures taken by the government, he said. "I appeal workers to wipe tears of drought-affected people....We will have to reach out to the people by showing them the work we have done as promised in the manifesto."
Dabhol power plant in the state was close to shut-down as gas supply from Andhra Pradesh had stopped; while, due to falling water-level in Jaikwadi dam, the Parli power plant has been badly affected, he said.
The meeting was attended by MPCC president Manikrao Thakre, party in-charge in Maharashtra Mohan Prakash and Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam.