Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting three districts of the state on Friday, which are facing water scarcity.
     
During the visit to Banaskantha, Patan and Kutch districts, Modi will review the implementation of steps announced by the government on irrigation, fodder, drinking water availability and rural employment generation, an official statement said.
     
Meanwhile, 43 talukas of the state have received moderate to heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours, to the relief of farmers.
     
According to State Emergency Centre (SEC), Siddhpur in Patan district received 48 mm rainfall. Fifteen other talukas including Radhanpur, Santalpur, Dantiwada, Mehsana, Deesa and Unjha received at least one inch of rainfall in the past 24 hours.
     
The state has received average 23.59 percent of the total rainfall in the current monsoon (Kutch 2 percent, north Gujarat 27 percent, Saurashtra 15 percent, central-east Gujarat 25 percent and south Gujarat 29 percent).
     
Recently, state government declared 14 districts and 152 talukas as "scarcity hit".
     
The EGoM on drought, headed by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, had last week announced Rs 480 crore package for the scarcity-affected areas in rural Gujarat.

(Agencies)

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