Till now, we have provided over 45,00,000 litres of water to thirsty villagers," said Mayank Gandhi, Executive Trustee of the Foundation and former Aam Aadmi Party leader. The situation in Beed district in Marathawada is heart -wrenching and helplessness of the people is visible on their faces, he said, adding the region is facing fourth drought in the last six years. Narrating his experience, Gandhi, who personally supervised the project, said, "The abject poverty, injustice and helplessness of the people has moved me.
A city-based public charitable trust said it has provided 45 lakh litres of water in the last fortnight to the people in the drought-affected Beed district of Maharashtra. Till now, we have provided over 45,00,000 litres of water to thirsty villagers," said Mayank Gandhi, Executive Trustee of the Foundation and former Aam Aadmi Party leader.
Kolhapur and Nagpur Circles had problem in 585 and 203 villages respectively. Why is Chandrapur Circle CCF Sanjay Thakre so enthusiastic about hunting wild boars? Nagpur: In a U-turn, Chandrapur CCF Sanjay Thakre said on Saturday that culling of wild boars was done as per the GR and not the minister's orders. Last week, over 50 wild boars were culled by shooters from Hyderabad in tiger-bearing areas of Chichpalli and Saoli.
As parts of Maharashtra reel under acute water crisis, 50-year-old Goregaon resident Rajesh Gangar thought of donating water to the drought-stricken Beed district instead of raising money. That's when he met Daya Shankar Vishwakarma, 25, who in turn got Sandesh Lalge, 30, and Swati Rane, 27, both of whom are associated with Nirmala Niketan as social workers, to join hands to send water to Beed.
Yogita Ashok Desai, a resident of Sabalkhed village in Beed, was dehydrated after she made five attempts to fill water from a hand pump when the day's temperature was 44 degrees Celsius. Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner Umakant Dangat said only three per cent water is left in dams in the parched Marathwada region.
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. Agarkar paid Rs. 1,600 for a 3,000-litre water tanker that he had to arrange, along with the lunch for 300 relatives and friends near the parched riverbed.
The state government has released funds to the tune of Rs 7,303.50 lakhs for the cattle camps which have been started in drought-hit Beed, Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada region. "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.
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. Hundreds of farmers like Ghansham, attribute their dying crops to the dried up Mehekari Dam located in Shirapur.
At the Khuntefal village in Maharashtra's Beed district, about 2000 people rely solely on water tankers that come once in four days. "We cannot drink this water without boiling it as it is so dirty. Our children drink this water and fall sick," said Vikas Jadhav, a resident of Khuntefal village.
As many as 28 district farmers ended their lives in a week at drought-hit Marathwada. In first two weeks of this month, 50 farmers committed suicide in Marathwada, taking the collective toll this year to 244 suicides. Aurangabad stands second with 38 suicides while Latur is at third with 33 suicides.
The movement, which held its first meeting at Ambajogai in drought-affected Beed district recently, will launch a 47-day long 'bedi todo' (break the shackles) motorcycle rally in Maharashtra from August 15 to October 2, "to highlight the plight of farmers". The rally will traverse through Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Nashik, said its leaders Amar Habib and Achyut Gangne. "We have also started a relief fund for farmers widows. The objective is to render financial aid to families of farmers who have committed suicide," Habib 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. Jogdand had taken Rs one lakh loan in 1997 from two private moneylenders for his sister's marriage, the IPS officer said.