Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that new demands will be put up before the Central Government for wider relief package to farmers in drought-hit areas of State.
Speaking to media in the courtyard of Vidhan Bhavan, Fadnavis said that the Centre’s Fact Finding Committee which met him had informed that it has visited and inspected drought-hit areas of the State and soon will be submitting the report. “However, I have put up some new demands before the Fact Finding Committee. I have requested the Central Government to include 5700 more villages in the list of 19000 villages affected by drought. A fresh memorandum of demands will be submitted to the Fact Finding Committee soon,” said Fadnavis.
The Chief Minister further said that the people of 24400 affected villages will be provided with drinking water, fodder for cattle and foodgrain at cheaper rates in order to reduce their agonies. The Fact Finding Committee has acknowledged the drought situation and the destruction due to hailstorms as very serious.
However, the Chief Minister Fadnavis refused to specify the amount the Central Government is likely to announce for extending relief to the farmers.