India’s 25 percent of Population Hit By Drought : All You Need to Know
A staggering 33 crore people are facing water problem in India. More than a quarter of the country’s population, are in a grip of drought. The Supreme Court informed on 19th April 2016, Tuesday, that people are consequently face drinking water shortage and agricultural distress.
The government had released money for affected states from its disaster fund to tackle the crisis. Additional solicitor general PS Narasimha submitted on the basis of figures furnished by 10 states before the court. The report said that Rs 7,321 crore was released on 18th April 2016, Monday under MGNREGS in addition to Rs 12,230 crore disbursed earlier this month.
More than 21 lakh households were granted more than 100 days of employment under the rural job scheme in these states, He said. According to report the 2.55 lakh villages are drought affected. There 2.55 lakh villages living in 254 districts. Interestingly is that the Gujarat is not in drought hit state list.
The court said, “You have satellites to give you weather forecast and the Centre must caution the state if you learn about the possibility of a drought in a district, even if it reports a good crop season.”
The law officer said, “It is not necessary that everybody in a drought-hit district was actually affected.” The Indian government has admitted that nearly 330 million people are drought affected.
"The central government has a responsibility to tell states that you're headed for trouble. As the central government, you get a lot of information. Inform the states and ask them to take precautions. It's not just money, it's your duty to say please be careful, there's a drought situation," said the court.
This year's monsoon is expected to be normal.