Maharashtra drought: Sharad Pawar to ask Centre for more relief funds

Maharashtra drought: Sharad Pawar to ask Centre for more relief funds
Jalna:  Terming the drought situation in Maharashtra as "grim," Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said he would recommend the Centre to release more funds for the state to tackle the problem.

"The situation is grim and an important decision regarding the future mode of action would be taken soon in New Delhi by the Drought Eradication Committee, the Union Minister said while addressing villagers in drought-hit villages in Jalna on Sunday.

Fodder camps would be set in the drought hit areas and the government would increase the wages given to the EGS workers, he said.

"I have never seen such a serious situation," Mr Pawar later told reporters and reassured that he would recommend the Union government to release more funds to the state, as well as food grains to the BPL and AGL families.

The state government should send proposals to the Centre to tackle drought, Mr Pawar said, adding that he would take necessary steps in this regard.

Replying to a question on the allegations by certain Opposition leaders that he thinks only of western Maharashtra, Mr Pawar said, "I am the Agriculture Minister of the whole country, not of Beed or western Maharashtra. I have to go to western Maharashtra because my home is there."

Earlier, Mr Pawar visited the drought -hit villages of the district where he addressed the people saying the Opposition parties should not politicise the grim drought situation in the state. Rather, they should work hand-in-hand with the state government to fight the problem.

Story First Published: February 11, 2013 13:19 IST

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