Drought-Hit States Asked to Use 10 Percent from Central Funds
10 states have declared drought in parts of their territory. (Photo Courtesy: Subrata Biswas/Greenpeace)
10 states have declared drought in parts of their territory. (Photo Courtesy: Subrata Biswas/Greenpeace)

Drought-Hit States Asked to Use 10 Percent from Central Funds

Union Minister Birendra Singh on Tuesday asked the states reeling under severe drought to utilise 10 percent of the central funds lying with them for mitigating problems like natural calamities, even as the Centre was extending support to them.

The states have been asked to utilise about Rs 170 crore, which is 10 percent of the Rs 1,700 crore which is lying unutilised with them, for fighting natural calamities like this.
Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Minister of Rural Development

Singh said the Central government was supporting the drought-hit states with “drinking water, fodder or any other help they may need” in this situation.

The Centre has also released over Rs 823 crore to the states for making available potable water in parched areas.

Noting that there have been drought-like situations in 13 states, Singh said that out of these, 10 states have declared drought in some parts.

Singh said the provision of additional employment of 50 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, over and above the 100 days, has also been extended for this fiscal for the drought-hit states.

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