66 distressed farmers have committed suicides in the past 21 days in eight districts of the Marathwada region
Data shows that not drought itself but limited state capacity or government negligence has been the leading cause of famine through the 20th century
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said that the government had decided to release Rs 671 crore compensation towards crop loss to nearly 10 lakh farmers who were
deeply affected by drought that is prevailing in the State for thesecond successive year.
In a Twitter message the farmers will get compensation in form of input subsidy and it will be transferred directly to their bank accounts.
The unregulated influx of tourism in Uttarakhand every year imposes heavy burden on the limited resource
Mukesh Rawat Delhi
The Indian Premier League finds itself in a soup once again, this time because of the water crisis
Sandeep Kumar Delhi
The drought now covers 28,662 of Maharashtra’s 43,000 villages. That’s a whopping 66 per cent of the rural population. And yet the state government seems utterly clueless and insensitive
Aritra Bhattacharya Mumbai
Thirsty saplings struggling to survive, stunted growth of crops, abandoned fields, dried up ponds: in the desert these are telling signs of prolonged scarcity and a winter of misery that is in the offing Rahul Ghai Bikaner
Even while people in Marathwada and Vidarbha crave for rains and relief, politicians not only hate rains, they are declaring normal rainfall zones as drought-hit. Clearly, financial bounties of drought relief are too high Aritra Bhattacharya Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
The Mayawati regime approved of Rs 556 crore for construction of parks and statues, but allocated only Rs 250 crore for drought relief. Even that money is not reaching as helpless people starve in drought-hit UP Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow
Both home and world prices greeted the news of drought by moving up. Will the government rein in the profiteering market forces and ‘relief bureaucracy’ that loves every drought as a boon? Kamal Nayan Kabra Delhi