New Delhi: The Central Government announced relief package worth Rs 29, 00 crore for the disaster affected states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar-led Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoMs) on Wednesday took decision in this regard. Pawar announced the drought relief package for states like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Relief package has also been provided to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which.

Pawar said, “Maharashtra is facing one of its worst droughts in the last four decades. Out of 35 districts in the state, 34 are facing severe drought.” Maharashtra has been allocated Rs 1207 crore, while Gujarat received Rs 865 crore as the relief package, informed Pawar.

Cyclone Nilam wreaked havoc in 14 districts of Andhra Pradesh, which has been allocated Rs 417 crore, added the minister. Similarly, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been allocated Rs 115 crore and Rs 93 crore respectively. Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will disburse the funds to these states from March, 2013.

Pawar said that out of 250 ponds in Maharashtra, 150 has run dry, creating the drought like situation in the state. In order to get rid of water crisis in the state, no water is being fetched from the ponds for irrigation, added the Agriculture Minister. 

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