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CM begins taking stock of drought situation

Thursday, October 11, 2018
By A Special Correspondent

Mindful of the consequences of the grim impending drought conditions in most parts of the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, after directing his cabinet colleagues to undertake review tours of drought prone districts, is taking no chances and has decided to visit such district and review ground level situation for himself. Fadnavis yesterday chaired a meeting in Aurangabad and took stock of the situation from the local authorities instead of completely relying on his cabinet colleagues to swing into action.

Speaking to newspersons later, he admitted that this year the state is facing water scarcity due to less rainfall. He added that the government was in the process of planning and a Central Government team will be visiting the state soon. Fadnavis further stated that the government will stand firmly behind the people in the affected regions and all information and initiatives to tackle the water scarcity will be announced by October end.

Fadnavis took stock of the governments flagship water conservation program Jal Yukta Shivar in the Marathwada region. Out of the 193 villages that were selected for the program this year, 100 per cent of the work in 176 villages has been completed. With respect to constructing Farm Ponds, out of the targeted 9,100 ponds, the administration has dug up 9,957 farm ponds. The Chief Minister has also directed the administration to take stock of the socio-economic impact of all these initiatives.

The grim drought-like conditions in 201 talukas out of the total 355 talukas in the state has cast clouds of uncertainty over the scheduled winter session of the state legislature beginning from November 19 and the much talked about expansion of the state cabinet. Sources in the state legislature disclosed that the session may be postponed till December 3. Moreover, the session may be held at Nagpur instead of Mumbai as announced earlier.
Much of the decision to shift the session to Nagpur depends upon whether the New Manora Amdar Nivas is pulled down for renovation or not in the immediate future. The fate of the cabinet expansion over the weekend too depends upon the Chief Minister's visit to New Delhi to meet the party bosses.

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