Drought: Collectors to get higher fund-allocation powers

Increasing powers of district collectors to allow them to allot up to Rs 5 crore for drought mitigation will come up in the state cabinet on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the cabinet had empowered collectors to sanction up to Rs 2 crore.

The cabinet sub-committee on drought met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss mitigation measures. The government chalked out emergency plans for summer, including supply through railway wagons or shifting of villagers to alternate locations.

In the state, 14 districts are facing a severe drought, reported to be the worst in 50 years and dams have low water levels.

The water supply department has been allocated Rs 414 crore to supply water in worst-hit areas and Rs 214 crore is being spent on cattle camps for fodder.

Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Patangrao Kadam informed the press about the measures.

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