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 April 4, 2016

The Uttar Pradesh government yesterday announced to provide special relief package to drought-affected people in Bundelkhand region every month. The announcement came after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav undertook a two-day tour of the region that has been reeling under severe drought condition due to deficient rains.

According to the announcement made by CM Akhilesh Yadav, free ration will be distributed to at least 2.30 lakh families in all seven districts of Bundelkhand every month. Apart from that, Samajwadi Drought Relief Ration Material supply will be in addition to the regular Public Distribution System (PDS) distribution of grains for ‘Antyodaya’ families in the drought-affected region.

The package, comprising 10 kg flour, 5 kg rice, 5 kg chana, 25 kg potato, 5 litres mustard oil and 1 kg desi ghee, will be distributed to families identified under the Antyodaya scheme. The package would be in addition to food-grains which are being provided to people in the region at subsidised rates of Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg under the Food Security Act. The other relief measures announced include increasing the number of work days under MGNREGS, extending Samajwadi Pension scheme to all eligible families and 24 hours power supply.

Akhilesh Yadav, during one of his meetings also told reporters that a special grant of Rs 200 crore has been issued for tackling drinking water problems and Rs 40 crore for installation of new hand pumps in the region. The drought-affected Bundelkhand region is spread across 13 districts that fall in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

The National Human Rights Commission had recently sought reports from the government of both states in four weeks over the deplorable condition of the inhabitants of the drought hit districts of the Bundelkhand regions.

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