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Central team starts tour of Marathwada districts today

A ten-member central team of high level officials, divided in three separate groups today began their two-day tour of the drought-affected areas of the Marathwada districts, in order to revive the situation there. 

According to official sources, the team is led by Commissioner of Central Horticulture, Dr S K Malhotra and its members are Assistant Commissioner of Rural Development, Jagdish Kumar, Finance ministry officer V K Diwan, Vice secretary, Water Supply and Cleanness Mr K Narayan Reddy, Asst. Commissioner, AnimalHusbandry, Dr H R Khanna, Water Conservation Asst. Commissioner Saitsh Kamboj, FCI M M Borade, Niti commissions Manas Chaudhari, Asst. Director, Central Power Grid Shantanu Biswas, Cotton Developments Dr R P Singh, who arrived last evening from the national capital to assess the situation of the Maharashtra state which is reeling due to water scarcity, especially the Marathwada region. 

After their arrival from Delhi a high level review meeting was held at Divisional Commissioner office here with Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner Dr Umkakant Dangat, Nasik Commissioner Eknath Dawale and State Secretary of Rehabilitation Dr K H Govindraj and discussed about present situation of water, fodder camps, ground water level situation and measures taken to tackle the scarcity situation faced by the Marathwada region.

The central teams were divided into three teams and started on their visit to affected villages from thismorning. The first team left to visit district of Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Hingoli and Nanded district. The second team left to visit Beed, Latur, Osmanabad and Solapur district while the third team left to visit parts of Ahmednagar and Nashik. The three teams will assess the situation of shortage of drinking water, shortage of fodder for cattle, situation of damaged crops, horticultures and present available water storage in these districts. 

During their two days visit, they will also meet the affected farmers, revenue officials and agriculture officials and will take stock of the situation, where due to the dry spell, kharif crops have been damaged to a vast extent in these areas. Later, the team will leave for New Delhi where they will submit their detailed reports to the central government, he said.

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