Jalna district seeks Rs 495 crore for drought-relief measures

Last Updated: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:38

Jalna (Maharashtra): The Jalna district administration has sought Rs 495 crore from the high-level Central committee to tackle severe drought conditions in the district.

"We presented a report to the Central committee two days back, in which we told them about the water-scarcity, unavailability of fodder and destruction of crop due to deficient rainfall. We have sought Rs 495 crore to tackle drought from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF)," district collector of Jalna, Shyam Deshpande, told a news agency.

The committee was shown the work done under MGNREGA scheme. "There are around 13,000 labourers working under the MGNREGA scheme. But the demand for jobs will increase from April," he said.

Deshpande said the district administration also sought financial assistance for the cleaning of the three lakes (Ghanewadi, Moti and Mukteshwar), medicines for cattles and to make drinking water available for animals.

The Moti lake would be cleaned He said on March 11 and 12, he said.

"Farmers who interacted with the Central team pointed out that Rs 60 paid per day for each animal kept at the cattle shed is too small an amount and that it is difficult to bear the cost with it," he said.

According to Deshpande, the central team appeared positive on increasing the amount of cattle shelters.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:38

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