Modi meets CMs of UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka over drought
Modi meets CMs of UP, Maharashtra, Karnataka over
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
"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
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.