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Declare "drought" urgently: MPCC chief Ashok Chavan

Declare drought urgently: MPCC chief Ashok Chavan

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan on Wednesday said the state government should declare ''drought'' urgently instead of ''scarcity-like'' situation across different parts, including Marathwada region, in the state. The third phase of the Congress' 'Jan Sangharsh Yatra' began today.

Later, talking to media at Tuljapur, the holy town in Osmanabad district, Mr Chavan said, ''We will expose BJP state government's wrong polices and asses drought-like situation across the regions in 27 Assembly constituencies in Marathwada before culminating in Aurangabad on November 1.'' Sensing the situation, the state government should declare ''drought'' immediately, he demanded. 

The Sangharsha Yatra has reached ten districts in the state and this is its third leg in Marathwada region. Expressing concern on the water situation, Mr. Chavan alleged that rampant corruption has taken place in works of ambitious schemes of 'Jalayukat Shivar' across the state. He further said that the state should start employment generating work across the affected parts under MGNREGA and make works available to the affected on demand.

The state government should immediately provide Rs 25 crore to each district collectors for tackling the situation in their respective districts. Due to the infertility and mounting debt, more than 15,000 farmers have committed suicides in the state and if the government fails to take measures, it may rise in future, he pointed out.

On shortage of drinking water, Mr. Chavan said that the tehsildars should be empowered to take the decision to send tankers to affected parts of the region. Also, there is a need to start fodder camps in the region in view of the shortage of fodder due to rain scarcity, he added. On the occasion, senior Congress leader and MLA Madhukarrao Chavan, Harshwardan Patil among others leaders were present. Later, the Yatra proceeded to Latur.

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