MH-DROUGHT-PAWAR-FADNAVIS

Pawar meets Fadnavis, discusses drought issue
    Mumbai, May 15 (PTI) NCP president Sharad Pawar
Wednesday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
over the drought issue in the state and suggested measures to
combat shortage of fodder for cattle and drinking water.
    Pawar has been maintaining that the current situation
is "grimmer" than the drought witnessed during 1972.
    Fadnavis said the government has already taken
decision, like Rs 100 grant per livestock for fodder camp even
as he assured to look into other demands raised by Pawar, the
chief minister's office tweeted.
    The meeting, held at the CM's official residence
'Varsha' here, was also attended by senior NCP leader Ajit
Pawar.
    During the meeting, Sharad Pawar said, he discussed
the situation witnessed during his visits to the drought-hit
areas of Solapur, Satara, Beed and Osmanabad.
    "The Centre had given Rs 35,000 grant per hectare in
2012-13 to see orchards don't dry. Grants should be given on
the same grounds now too," Pawar tweeted.
    The former Union agriculture minister said the CM
assured that the issue would be followed up with the Centre
after May 23, when the model code of conduct no longer remains
in force.
    The issue relating to camps for goats in line with
those for cattle was also discussed during the meeting.
    Pawar expressed concerns over people from drought-hit
areas not getting food grain on ration card despite the Food
Security Act being in effect.
    Meanwhile, the chief minister's office tweeted later,
"Senior leader Sharad Pawar meets CM @Dev_Fadnavis and
discussed issues and drought mitigation measures. GoM has
already taken many decisions like ?100 grant/livestock for
fodder camps,tanker supply based on village population of
2018. The chief minister assured to look into other demands
too. PTI ENM
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