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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Modi meets CMs of UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka over drought

Modi meets CMs of UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka over drought
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 7th May 2016 met the chief ministers of  Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, both states facing drought in some parts, as well as the chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramiah and said that the Centre, states, local bodies, NGOs and citizens must work together to deal with problems posed by drought in parts of the country.

Modi asked the state leaders to generate awareness among people in their respective states to use water resources judiciously.

"Had a productive meeting with UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on the drought situation in various parts of UP. The various drought mitigation measures undertaken in the state were discussed extensively in the meeting," Modi tweeted after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Yadav apprised the prime minister of the work done by the state government for farmers and drought-affected areas. Nearly 50 districts are facing drought in Uttar Pradesh which is reeling under acute water scarcity.

In yet another tweet, Modi said: "Akhilesh Yadav and I discussed the need to effectively utilize the period before monsoon for water recharge and conservation efforts. Usage of latest technology and community participation, particularly of our Nari Shakti can play a key role in effective drought management."

The prime minister told Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that the government must focus on medium and long-term solutions to tackle drought in various parts of the state.
He also stressed on the importance of using water efficiently through drip irrigation and sprinklers in agriculture, stating that drip irrigation in sugarcane increases the quality of sugar.

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