Mumbai, Nov 10 : Besides having declared drought in 40 talukas of the state, the Maharashtra government has declared a drought-like condition in the remaining 959 revenue circles of 178 talukas, which had received less than 75 per cent rainfall during this monsoon season.
Presiding over a Cabinet Sub-Committee meeting here on Thursday, Relief, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Minister Anil Patil announced that these revenue circles will be given all concessions applicable to the drought-hit areas.
He said that drought has been declared in 40 talukas as per the criteria of the central government.
However, keeping in mind the low rainfall received in some circles of the remaining talukas in the state, drought-like conditions have been declared in 959 revenue circles of 178 talukas, he said.
The minister said that concessions such as non-disconnection of electricity to farmers’ agricultural pumps in the villages where shortage has been declared will be extended in 959 revenue boards.
Patil also said that five lakh tonnes of chicken grass will be produced and distributed to one lakh beneficiary farmers in the state to produce fodder for their livestock.
An expenditure of Rs 30 crore was approved for this purpose, he added.