Mumbai: In a press conference on Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis outlined the state government's plan to alleviate the situation of drought-hit villages in Maharashtra.
The Chief Minister also stated in the conference that prior to the arrival of monsoon; effective plans will be implemented to lift the drought situation in Maharashtra.
Here are the highlights from the press conference:
* Fadnavis met the Prime Minister to discuss drought situation in Maharashtra and made a presentation detailing the extent of rainfall, reserve water and updates in the agricultural sector.
* Fadnavis has submitted a supplement memorandum asking for more funds from the Centre.
* The state received Rs 3,600 crore earlier to alleviate the situation of drought.
* Rs 5,000 crore will be issued to Maharashtra in 4 years to ensure that it become a drought-free state. Plan will be similar to the Jayalukta project.
* Rs 7,500 crore-plan to be introduced to ensure project completion in 3 years.
* Water distribution tankers to be monitored.
* 18,000 more villages in Maharashtra impacted from the severe drought.
* The state govt of Maharashtra will prepare a plan to improve situations until the monsoon season arrives.
* PM Modi has sought information on the Jalayukta Shibir.
* Vidharbha and Marathwada to get the utmost attention from the state.