Centre Recommends Rs. 1,304 Crore For Drought Relief To UP


The Centre has recommended 1,304 crore rupees for drought relief to Uttar Pradesh under National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The decision has been taken by a high-level committee headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

The meeting was part of Prime Minister’s directive to hold high level review of drought situation in Bundelkhand, Vidharbha and Marathwada. The first review meeting was about Bundelkhand. During the meeting, Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh made a presentation and informed that a comprehensive contingent plan to address the drinking water situation in Bundelkhand region especially in Mahoba, Chitrakoot and Banda districts is ready. He also assured that drinking water will be made available in the region. 

According to source the State would disburse the relief amount directly into the bank accounts of farmers within a week. It was decided that 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.

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.
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. 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.

As per source, 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 in a campaign mode the State government would hold district-wise camps to ensure that both loaner and non-loaner farmers are covered.
So lets discuss some questions related to this article :
1. The Government of India has recently approved Rs. 1,304 Cr. for drought relief for which state ?
2. Expand the term NDRF, MGNREGS, PMFBY and MSP ?
3. The GOI has extended how many man days from 100 under MGNREGS in Bundelkhand for FY 2016-17 ?




Courtesy : The Hindu 



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