The Centre recently announced that it has approved extra funds of Rs 1,345 crore to deal with the drought-plagued and water scarcity situation in the arid state of Rajasthan. The announcement was made after the state Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the same.
A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said,” n amount of Rs 911.64 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 827.25 crore released as Central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the state. A further amount of Rs 434.25 crore has been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.”
The satement further added, “She explained in detail, the difficulties being faced by people in various parts of the state due to the shortage of drinking water. She informed the Prime Minister about the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan, under which 7 lakh water conservation structures are to come up in four years, including one lakh by June 30 this year. The state is using the waters of the Narmada for micro-irrigation.”