NCP chief Sharad Pawar meets CM Fadnavis to discuss Maharashtra drought issue

Former Union Minister, and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar had said that the drought situation in Maharashtra is worse than the one in 1972


Amid the ongoing drought situation in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss the measures to tackle the ongoing crises. Pawar had asserted that the current drought situation in the state is worse than the one in 1972. 

During his meeting with CM Fadnavis, Pawar suggested measures to eliminate the shortage of fodder for cattle and the problem of drinking water. NCP leader Ajit Pawar was also present during the meeting which was held at CM’s official residence in Mumbai.  

Meanwhile, the official twitter account for Chief Minister Office (CMO) Maharashtra tweeted saying that Government of Maharashtra has already taken a decision regarding the situation such as providing ₹100 grant for each livestock. However, the CM will look into other demands too.

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Earlier, while asking CM Fadnavis to intervene, Sharad Pawar had written a letter to the CM demanding that more aid should be sent to the affected areas. This comes after his visit to the drought-hit areas in Maharashtra including Solapur, Osmanabad, Ahmednagar and Beed. Pawar took these visits right after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were concluded in the state.

Despite the Food Security Act being in effect, Pawar expressed the concern that people from the areas affected with drought are not getting food grains on ration cards. Pawar also informed regarding the CM’s assurance that the issue will be taken up with the Centre after the LS poll results are declared on May 23.