Maharashtra Legislative Council on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes on the alleged leakage of Kelkar Committee report in a newspaper and amid the din Congress members staged a walkout from the House.
Nagpur: Even as Marathwada and Vidarbha regions continue to grapple with scarcity, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray feels that the state government has taken definite steps to tackle the drought conditions and is reaching out to affected farmers in Maharashtra.
The water table in as many as 249 villages in Marathwada region, reeling under acute drought, has depleted to such an extent that farmers there will have to wait for the next monsoon cycle for ground water levels to rise.
A month after taking charge as the Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis has got down to tackling the long-pending issue of removal of development backlog of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of Maharashtra.
An NCP delegation led by former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and sought waiver of crop loans and electricity bills of farmers affected by drought in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.
"Unconvinced" by the assurance given by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on resolving issues facing farmers, Shetkari Sanghatana on Friday decided to go ahead with its plan to hold a sit-in outside his residence at Dharampeth here on Sunday.
The Maharashtra government on Thursday decided to seek a central assistance of Rs 4,000 crore to tackle the drought situation plaguing large parts of the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said drought situation in Marathwada and parts of Vidarbha was grim and the state government has sought a Rs 4,500 crore relief package from the Centre.
Shiv Sena on Wednesday said that its leader Uddhav Thackeray will meet Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday and request him to direct the state government to declare Marathwada and Vidarbha as drought-hit as the government was not making such announcement.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Tuesday that his government would bring about sustainable development within a year with priority given to development of the last man of the society.
The BJP on Wednesday asked the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra to declare drought in the state, and to seek relief from Central contingency fund to tackle the acute water shortage in areas like Marathwada.