The upper house of the parliament is debating the situation arising out of prevailing drought and heat wave conditions and resultant water crisis in the country after opposition members demanded for a short duration discussion.
AU Singh Deo of Biju Janata Dal who initiated the discussion said that drought has adversely affected lacs of people. “Water availability has come to 29%, lowest in the decade,” he said
Singh said that drought has become a routine year after year damaging livelihood and economies in majority of the states and it requires a dedicated department to tackle the distress caused.
“Consolidate floods, disasters, climate change, earthquakes and drought to do research and provide solutions, “A U Singh said.
NCP’s senior leader Sharad Pawar said that Uttar Pradesh state is under the worst drought ever witnessed by the state as 50 of the 75 districts are declared drought affected. He said that 72,000 villages are under severe drought affecting more than nine crore people.
“This year’s drought is not limited to one or two states, now it has spread to 11 states. This is not a good sign for the country,”said Pawar.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad along with other MP’s had given a notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on the drought issue under Rule 177 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, which was admitted.
Opposition parties along with Congress have been training their guns on the government on drought accusing it of turning a “blind eye” to the problem.
Maharashtra is witnessing the worst drought in the Marathwada region affecting lives of thousands.