Sounding an alarm over unprecedented drought situation prevailing in 50 percent villages in the State, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced several measures to provide adequate assistance to the calamity affected people. “Though the State is in grip of unprecedented drought, the Government has ensured adequate and timely assistance to the affected people,” assured Fadnavis when a delegation of Shiv Sena met him in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The Shiv Sena delegation of MLAs was led by Opposition Leader in Assembly Eknath Shinde, Ramdas Kadam, Divakar Raote and Nilam Gorhe. The party submitted a memorandum demanding resolution of various problems being faced by drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra.
Assuring all help to the farmers, the Chief Minister said, “Since the Central Government as done away with the procedure, there is no need for “Panchanama” (complicated on the spot procedure). It has saved the time. The Revenue Minister is on a survey tour of the drought affected areas and soon he will be submitting his report to the Central Government,” declared Fadnavis.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that the Central Government has given permission to Cotton Marketing Federation for appointing Sub Agents. This will facilitate starting of procurement centres soon, said Fadnavis and added that no injustice will be done to cotton producers at any cost.
Elaborating on steps to tackle power shortage, the Chief Minister said, “Shortage of 1700 mw has been met with the supply of coal. Moreover, the load-shedding period has been reduced by two hours. Directives have been issued to make transformers available as and when there is demand,” said Fadnavis.