NEW DELHI || Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Rajasthan. Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Rajasthan, were also present.
An 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 Chief Minister said that Rajasthan has faced drought for 61 out of the last 67 years. 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 30th June, 2016. The State is using the waters of the Narmada for micro-irrigation.