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Hold special House session to discuss M'rashtra drought: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Vijay Wadettiwar of the Congress on Tuesday demanded a special session of the state legislature to discuss the prevailing drought situation in the state.

In a statement here, Wadettiwar said even as July, one of the wettest monsoon months, is coming to an end, the rainfall has not been adequate in the state.

"Kharif sowing is not even 50 per cent. To discuss the situation and steps to be taken, the government should convene a two-day special session," he said.

The Congress leader said more than 30 lakh cultivators were yet to get benefits of the farm loan waiver announced by the BJP-led government two years ago.

Vidarbha, a prominent cotton growing region in eastern Maharashtra, has received only about 30 per cent of its average rainfall so far, he said.

In Nagpur, the biggest city in Vidarbha, there is water cut and people get it once in three days, Wadettiwar, who hails from the region, said.

Farmers are not getting crop loan, he claimed.

In October last year, the Maharashtra government had declared drought in 151 talukas spread across 26 of the 36 districts in the state.

As per a government order, 112 talukas were facing severe drought and 39 talukas moderate water scarcity.

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First Published: Tue, July 23 2019. 20:46 IST
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