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Had a productive meeting with UP CM on drought in the state: PM Modi

The meeting was held in New Delhi as the Prime Minster invited chief ministers of three drought- hit states, Uttar Pradesh , Maharashtra and Karnataka to take the stock of the situation in these states in separate meetings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav held a discussion on drought and water scarcity in the State. The meeting was held in New Delhi as the Prime Minster invited chief ministers of three drought- hit states, Uttar Pradesh , Maharashtra and Karnataka to take the stock of the situation in these states in separate meetings.

“Had a productive meeting with UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on the drought situation in the various parts of UP,” PM wrote on twitter after the meet. Meantime, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav thanked PM for his care on drought and water scarcity issues, many states are facing these days.

PM will also hold separate discussions with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Karnataka Chief Minister S. Siddaramaiah.

Along with taking stock of the situation in these states, the PM will also ponder upon the relief that can be be provided . However, according to the sources, PM will also remind the chief minsters of these states that it is the primary responsibility of the state it self to take care of these basic amenities.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh had recently said in Rajya Sabha that the Centre’s role is to monitor and the state’s role is to provide assistance and help the affected people at ground level. This has come as answer for a question regarding drought in these states. He also added that the Centre  has eased norms for providing relief and even the allocation for State Disaster Response Fund has been raised. Earlier, in Lucknow, the UP Government has said that there are enough water in the state and it has not requested for more water from the Centre.
However, there are no reports on whether UP Chief Minister expressed his anger to PM over “playing politics” in issues related to water scarcity. Recently the Samajwadi MPs had staged a walkout in the upper house recently, citing the incident of a  water train reached in drought-hit Budelkhand, UP empty.

 

 

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