Centre recommends Rs. 1,304 cr. as drought relief to Uttar Pradesh

Posted on:12 Apr 2016 12:30:49
Centre recommends Rs. 1,304 cr. as drought relief to Uttar Pradesh
12 April 2016 Current Affairs: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has recommended Rs. 1,304 crore as a drought relief to Uttar Pradesh under the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF), after a meeting of the committee set up to review drought situation was held on April 9,2016. The U.P. government will forward a memorandum for Rabi 2016 soon and the Ministry will examine the possibility, if an exemption can be given under SDRF on 25 per cent limit and continuation of distribution of food component beyond 90 days.Contingency plan : The U.P. government, during the meeting, informed that a comprehensive contingency plan to address the drinking water situation in Bundelkhand region especially Mahoba, Chitrakoot and Banda districts of Chitrakoot division are ready and would be soon implemented, said sources. Centre approved a provision of extending man-days from 100 to 150 under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the Bundelkhand for financial year 2016-17. It was decided that to provide alternate source of income, National Rural Livelihood Mission would be strengthened and intensified and coverage would be extended to all the blocks.Water tanks : The government decided that water tanks, building of dug wells, farm ponds would be taken up on priority under various projects and schemes for Bundelkhand. CEO, NITI Aayog, in consultation with State government will explore the possibility of taking up fresh projects for drought proofing from the resources available under the package for Bundelkhand region.It was also agreed that minimum support price (MSP) for sesame for 2016-17, be announced promptly. A bonus of Rs. 20 for Bundelkhand region over and above the MSP shall also be considered.The State government was asked to ensure maximum coverage of farmers in the recently- launched Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and it was agreed that the State government would hold district-wise camps to ensure that both loanee and non-loanee farmers are covered in a campaign mode.

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