Sangli: Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Sunday said that instead of visiting and touring the drought-hit areas in the state, the political leaders should provide funds to the state government to overcome the water crisis.
"Several political leaders are visiting the drought-hit districts in the state, which is keeping the government officials busy and indirectly hampering the regular drought-relief work", Patil said while speaking at a function here.
"Therefore, instead of taking out tours and visits to the drought-hit areas, the leaders should make financial contributions. They can contribute towards the Chief Minister's Fund to help the government tackle the water crisis in these areas", he said.
Parts of Western Maharashtra, Marathwada, North Maharashtra and some talukas of Vidarbha are facing acute water shortage and the state Government has sought a financial package of Rs 2281.37 crore and five lakh tonne food grain at BPL rates from the Centre to tackle drought situation in as many as 15 districts in the state.
According to sources, scarcity-like conditions have already been declared in as many as 6,201 villages and concessions as per government rules, like sanctioning water supply schemes, waiver in electricity bills have already been provided. 



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