Mah Govt to provide employment to water scarcity hit areas

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Mumbai, Jul 9 (UNI) With water scarcity in the state taking a toll on the agriculture sector, the Maharashtra Government has decided to provide work on demand, under the Employment Guarantee Scheme at places that have received less than 50 per cent rain, compared to the normal rainfall, according to Relief and Rehabilitation Principal Secretary Rameshkumar.

Mr Rameshkumar said, to overcome water scarcity due the meagre rainfall received from June 1 till today, it has supplied water through tankers and bullock carts. Temporary tap water scheme also has been implemented. Besides, water preserved in major, medium and minor projects in these areas is kept for drinking on priority basis and as per the requirement fodder depots are opened for animals.

Some districts have suffered huge loss due to less rainfall.

Water and fodder scarcity problem has arisen and government has taken some measures to combat the situation, which has given relief to farmers, Mr Rameshkumar said, an official release stated here today.

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