Sachin Gopinath Kedar of Veeda village in Kej teshil was fetching water from a well, half-a-kilometre from his home, when he slipped and fell to his death, a police official said. Due to water scarcity in Marathwada, each member of the family, especially children, are compelled to make multiple trips to water tanks and handpumps in the sweltering heat.
Bhimrao Agarkar stood on the banks of the Godavari, calculating the cost of the just-concluded rituals for his cousin Vitthal Sakhre, who died 10 days ago. The temple trust has sought the Chief Minister's help for a comprehensive plan to revive the river. The administration is providing 803 tankers for 1,169 villages, but the number is expected to go up to 956 by the end of June.
"Of the funds released for the year 2015-16 for cattle camps, Beed district receives Rs 4302.44 lakhs, Latur gets 77.9 lakhs, while Osmanabad receives Rs 2923.97 lakhs," stated a district information office press release, on Thursday. District officials have estimated in excess of 70% of the Kharif crops to be failed.
BEED:Gopinath Sonawane, a 52-year-old farmer from Ashti in Maharashtra's Beed district, has been tilling his land under the scorching sun every week for four years but has little to show for his hard work. But the water crisis in the area meant the jowar crop failed too.
Marathwada, Maharashtra: In the scorching summer of drought-hit Marathwada, it's a fight just for two buckets of water. And once the water supply reaches the village, people line up for their share of water from the tanker, that waits for just a few minutes.
As many as 28 district farmers ended their lives in a week at drought-hit Marathwada. The Beed collector attributed the reduction in farmer suicide figure to the administration's collective effort to reach out to the farmers. "This is as per our information the highest figure of national crop insurance scheme distributed to farmers in any district. The farmers two years ago were not even aware of the scheme, but we have made them aware of the insurance scheme," he said.
The rally will traverse through Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Nashik, said its leaders Amar Habib and Achyut Gangne. "We appeal to children of farmers to spare at least three days to participate in the rally, which is for a just cause," Habib and Gangane, who worked with Joshi since the early days of the Sanghatna, said.
The farmer, Ramdas Jogdand, who had borrowed Rs one lakh from private moneylenders, was admitted to the government hospital in a critical condition after the moneylenders allegedly forced him to consume poison yesterday, Beed SP Anil Paraskar told PTI over phone. The incident comes after Maharashtra ministers toured the district, along with Latur and Osmanabad, to review the drought situation.
Kishore Bhagwat, an English language teacher in Dharur taluka of Beed district in Maharashtra, has found a great solution to frequent power cuts in the region. The materials required to complete the project included a scrap amplifier lying unused in the school, a solar kit provided by the state education department to be displayed in the science lab, and a 12-watt battery.
Twenty-five young girls belonging to Banjara community from Warul Tanda village of Gewarai tehesil in Beed district have decided that they would get married this year owing to financial difficulty of their parents.
Tendulkar's personal assistant Narayan Kanhan recently toured Beed district and met the collector Navalkishor Ram and others to gather information about the drought situation. Kanhan told reporters that Sachin would like to work independently and prefer no political interference in projects to be undertaken on his behalf.
When Vijay Bhatane and his team of district administration functionaries visited Injegaon village in February this year, this obscure hamlet in Maharashtra's Beed district still bore the wounds caused by extreme weather. Firstpost Ground Report will carry a series of four articles -- this is the second -- that documents our evaluation of the situation in Latur and Beed and how the project has caused a systemic shift in the manner in which agriculture is practiced in certain parts of these districts.