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Modi government to offer special package to drought-affected areas in Maharashtra

Mumbai: A special package would be declared for drought-affected areas in Maharashtra, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said here today.  The minister was speaking during a meeting with Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse here.The
India TV News Desk November 08, 2014 11:34 IST
India TV News Desk

Mumbai: A special package would be declared for drought-affected areas in Maharashtra, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said here today.  

The minister was speaking during a meeting with Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse here.

The package would be declared after receipt of report about crop yield in these areas, Singh said.

District banks in Wardha Buldhana and Nagpur will be given banking permits again, he said.  

The minister also said that strengthening of agriculture is essential for development of the country and that  there won't be shortage of funds for agriculture.

The 2013 drought in Maharashtra came about after the region received lower rainfall during the monsoon season.

It is considered as the region's worst drought in 40 years. The worst-hit areas in Maharashtra are Solapur, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Pune, Satara, Beed and Nashik.

Residents of Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Aurangabad, Jalna, Jalgaon and Dhule districts are also affected by this famine.