Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visits flood-affected Chincholi village, in Daund taluka of Pune on Monday. (PTI)
FORMER Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the Centre would definitely help the State in the wake of damages caused due to heavy rains, but the State Government should also spell out what it is doing to provide relief to the affected farmers. Talking to reporters in Osmanabad district during a tour to assess losses caused by heavy rains, Fadnavis said the three ruling parties in the State have many differences among them, but they are expert in getting away from their responsibilities.
“The NDA Government will surely help more than the earlier (UPA) Government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already spoken to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and assured him about it, but the State Government must also tell what it is doing to provide aid to farmers,” he said. The Centre is also facing the COVID-19 pandemic as is the State Government, he said. “But, the Centre will not stop funding the State. The Centre has already paid Rs 20,000 crore till March this year.
To pay further debts of the State, the Central Government is taking a loan of Rs 1 lakh crore,” said the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly. Due to heavy rains, the soil of farms is washed away at many places. Hence, a scheme should be initiated to help farmers facing such issues, he said. Wells are filled with silt and orchards have also suffered damages due to the heavy rains, he noted. “Earlier, our Government considered a photograph of losses as the survey. On the same lines, the present State Government must work and complete surveys fast and immediate help should be given to farmers in rain-hit areas,” he said.