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UP seeks Rs 11,000 crore to meet drought situation as CM meets Modi

PTI
Published May 7, 2016, 2:57 pm IST
Updated May 7, 2016, 4:39 pm IST
Under various heads, Yadav demanded nearly 11,000 crore from the Centre for drought relief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets a delegation from Uttar Pradesh led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss drought situation in various parts of the state, in New Delhi Saturday (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets a delegation from Uttar Pradesh led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss drought situation in various parts of the state, in New Delhi Saturday (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: With Uttar Pradesh hit by a severe drought, its Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday sought nearly Rs 11,000 crore from the Centre as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation in the state and directed immediate assistance.

Days after rejecting the Centre's offer for a water train for Bundelkhand, Yadav sought financial assistance to buy 10,000 tankers to carry water to villages of parched region and other drought-hit districts of Uttar Pradesh.

 

"The Centre and the state have to work together...farmers have faced the onslaught of both hail storm and drought...we want to increase the number of tankers to carry water to villagers," Yadav told reporters after the hour-long meeting with the Prime Minister in Delhi.

Read: UP govt not serious about tackling drought in Bundelkhand: BJP

Under various heads, Yadav demanded nearly 11,000 crore from the Centre for drought relief.

Asked why the state government had rejected offer to send water train to Bundelkhand, he said there is water in Bundelkhand but his government needs means to carry it to villages. "Can a train carry water to villages," he questioned.

 

Read: Modi meets Akhilesh Yadav, discusses drought situation in UP

At the meeting, Modi said the Centre and states have to work together to mitigate the problems faced by the people due to the drought, a PMO statement said.

Yadav apprised Modi of the efforts undertaken for mitigation of problems faced by people because of drought conditions, it said.

It was noted that the state has submitted a memorandum two days back for assistance for the Rabi 2015-16 season and the Prime Minister directed that the process be completed, and assistance be provided without delay, it said.

 

The state shared the action plan for revival and restoration of 78,000 water-bodies including tanks, ponds, and farm ponds; one lakh new water-bodies and recharge structures.

This is to be achieved by utilizing funds available in schemes such as MNREGA and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, the statement said.

The meeting was told that an amount of Rs 934.32 crore has been released to the state under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the state balances.

This is in addition to Rs 506.25 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the state. A further amount of Rs. 265.87 crore has been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.

 

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Location: India, Uttar Pradesh




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