Mumbai: The state has already decided to provide assistance to the flood-hit farmers as per the 2019 norms. Its implementation as well as those provided by the Central Government to the flood victims
Follow-up is underway at various levels to increase the National Disaster Relief (NDRF) assistance criteria. Apart from this, floods should not occur. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that coordination is being made with experts and agencies to take permanent measures in this regard. He also testified that every effort would be made to rehabilitate the flood-hit farmers.
Kolhapur and Sangli districts have been hit by floods this year. Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana organized a protest march demanding immediate help to the flood victims. Taking note of the protest, the Chief Minister held a meeting with a delegation led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana president and former MP Raju Shetty. The meeting was attended by Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Public Works Minister Eknath Shinde, MP Anil Desai, MP Dhairyashil Mane, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Principal Secretary Relief and Rehabilitation Asim Kumar Gupta.
In the year 2019, the government has provided assistance at a higher rate than the State Disaster Response Fund.
The sudden downpour in the state in early July has caused extensive damage. The state is witnessing an increase in natural disasters along with the Corona crisis. Heavy rains fell in July in a short period of time, as well as in Marathwada, Khandesh and Vidarbha. Thackeray informed the delegation that the government has increased the immediate relief to be provided to the victims of the calamities.
In the meeting, Raju Shetty asked for complete debt waiver of flood affected farmers on the lines of 2019. Rehabilitate flood victims as per demand. Immediately build an arch bridge by reducing the filling near the bridges on the banks of rivers like Krishna, Warna etc. Exemption of tuition fees as well as educational loans of students in flood prone areas. There have been 4 major floods from 2005 to 2021. The floods have devastated many riverside villages. Demands were made to immediately appoint a study group to implement this permanently.