Mumbai : The State government is keen on providing speedy relief to the drought-affected people and is ready even to change the criteria for relief at places where necessitated to do so, minister for relief and rehabilitation Eknath Khadse assured the Legislative Assembly here on Tuesday as he replied to debate over drought condition in Marathwada.

“The government is keeping no stone unturned in dealing with the situation caused by three years of continuous drought. The National Disaster Management Agency changed their criteria after the state pushed for it. This helped the state to widen the scope of relief measures to 15,747 villages. If people are still facing any problems, government would still change the criteria. The government is ready to relax all rules to be able to provide relief to people,” Khadse said.

Though providing water via railway is more expensive, the Railway Ministry has come forward to share the cost, the minister said as he informed the house about the train that took water from Miraj to Latur earlier in the day. “If efforts had been made on water conservation front, the state would not have faced the condition,” he said putting the blame on previous governments and pointing out that the government is trying to work towards a sustainable solution.

The government is keen on providing drinking water to all. Fodder camps too have been started at all places from wherever demands came in. The government has initiated food security scheme for everybody in drought affected districts, Khadse said.

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