931 More Villages Declared ‘Drought-Affected’ In Maharashtra
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931 More Villages Declared ‘Drought-Affected’ In Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government on Thursday, 3 January, announced another 931 villages in the state as "drought-affected", which will entitle them to several benefits and concessions.

Earlier, the Union government had announced 151 of the 358 tehsils in Maharashtra as drought-affected in October.

Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil held a review meeting on drought situation earlier Thursday, 3 January.

"A government committee has assessed the data of water availability and fodder and crop productivity in tehsils which were not covered under the Centre's relief scheme," he told reporters.

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“931 villages from 50 revenue circles were found to have less than 50 per cent productivity. These villages will now get the benefit of schemes for drought-affected areas,”Patil said.

"Today's announcement means only these villages are declared as drought-affected and not the entire tehsil (where the village is located)," said an official from the Relief and Rehabilitation Department.

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