Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said that the state would demand central aid for the drought-hit districts and he may hold discussion in this regard on May 5 when he will be in Delhi to attend a meeting convened by the Prime Minister.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the state government also wanted funds for clearing the irrigation backlog from the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP).

 He said he held video conferencing with 15 district collectors on Monday where the crop yield has gone down considerably, adding "I will review the relief and rehabilitation work every evening.”

Stating that the government has initiated measures on war footing, Chavan said, "drinking water is being supplied through tankers, cattle camps have been started and crop loss survey has been done. It is a serious situation and the government is doing its best.”

(Agencies)