Breaking away from the conventional mode of debating issues in Vigyan Bhavan, PM Modi on Saturday met the Chief Ministers of drought-hit Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka separately to discuss drought and water scarcity issues.
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met the Prime Minister in his office and discussed the Water scarcity issue in their states.
Both the Chief Ministers informed the Prime Minister about measures taken by their state governments to provide relief in drought hit Bundelkhand and Marathwada regions. The meeting was attended by Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh and other officials dealing with drought.
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said that his team apprised Prime Minister about the drought situation and put forth our concerns regarding assistance and informed him about crop damage caused by a heavy hailstorm last month.
“Centre and state governments will have to work together to address drought situation providing help to people is most important,” said Akhilesh after meeting PM.
Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region is battling shortage of water due to the searing heat in all the districts.
Soon after his meeting with UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, PM Modi said that various drought mitigation measures undertaken by Uttar Pradesh government were discussed extensively.
“Had a productive meeting the drought situation in various parts of UP. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and I discussed the need to effectively utilise the period before monsoon for water recharge and conservation efforts,” said Modi on twitter
Prime Minister urged states to use latest technology for effective management of drought.
“Technology, community participation, particularly of our Nari Shakti can play a key role in effective drought management,” PM tweeted after meeting Akhilesh Yadav.
“Apprised the PM of the drought situation in the state, 11000 more villages are facing drought and discussed short and long term measures to tackle drought situation,” said the Maharashtra CM.
Maharashtra CM suggested the judicious use of water and water audit for agriculture use in his conversation during the meeting with PM. Fadnavis also sought more subsidies for drip irrigation projects so as to bring the entire sugarcane crop under it in the next three to four years.
“Centre accepted our request to submit a supplementary memorandum as additional 11,000 villages in the state are now facing drought,” he said.
Recently, Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha directed concerned ministries dealing with the drought to release additional funds as soon as the Finance Bill is approved.
“The Centre’s role is to monitor and the state’s role is to provide assistance and help the affected people at ground level,” Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh had said in Rajya Sabha recently while replying to a debate on drought.
Apart from taking stock of the situation, Prime Minister Modi will also review steps taken by the states to address drought-related problems.
Prime Ministers meeting with Chief Ministers come after both houses of parliament debated in detail where government was advised to give additional financial assistance to states.