Gandhinagar: Gujarat government on Wednesday said that 939 villages of the state were facing water scarcity whereas 2,979 villages were partially affected.
    
"After the survey of 69 talukas in 10 districts of the state, the government has found that there is a situation of scarcity in 939 villages and other 2,979 villages are facing partial scarcity," state Revenue Minister Anandi Patel said in the Assembly.
    
However, the Opposition termed the announcement of scarcity-hit villages as "very late one" describing it as a "face saving exercise."
    
"The government knew that we were to raise the issue of water scarcity in the House and hence as a face saving measure, it on the last moment added a supplementary agenda in proceedings and hastily made a statement on it," Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela told reporters outside the Assembly.
    
In the past, whenever a scarcity was declared in any area, the whole taluka was declared scarcity hit, "but surprisingly for the first time this government has declared selected villages of a taluka as scarcity hit areas," Vaghela said.
    
The government has asked all the Collectors concerned to submit reports on the crop and water situation in their respective districts.

(Agencies)

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