Pawar, who recently toured drought-affected Marathwada region of the parched state, told reporters that the drought and drinking water situation in the state is serious and could even lead to a law and order problem. He alleged that state government's measures to deal with it looked inadequate.

"The measures announced by the government through its resolutions do not cover the entire range of problems such as provision of free fodder and camps for the starving cattle," he added.

Stating that PM Modi had the experience of tackling drought situation in the regions like Kutch in Gujarat, Pawar said his intervention and Centre's financial assistance could help in easing the gravity of situation in Maharashtra which has received deficient rainfall in the catchment areas of the dams, leading to 'unprecedented' hardships to people.

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