ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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DROUGHT RELIEF-A First-Hand Account

DROUGHT RELIEF A First-Hand Account Balmohan V Limaye Madhav D Rahalkar PAITHAN taluka, which lies on the left bank of the river Godavari in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, comprises 184 villages. Of these, an overwhelming majority, viz, 172, are rabi crop villages. Situated on the leeward side of the Western Ghats, the region is frequently subjected to drought. This has been one such year. When, in May, the 'Anewari' went below the prescribed lower limit, these villages were declared 'scarcity areas', and when till August 12 only 43 mm of rain had been received, hopes of natural reprieve faded. There was only a little rain in the last week of August and almost no rain thereafter. Even such kharif crop as there was, was thus lost and both landless labourers as well as most small farmers were driven to the only other means of making a living: employment in government relief works. Paithan is thus part of the drought relief programme instituted by the State Government. In fact, it has become a political tradition for Government to respond to drought conditions by starting some kind of relief works. To call it a programme would imply planning of the sort of projects most required in the area as well as a systematic way of distributing work and payment. Our observations, alas, suggested that such project planning and thoughtful execution simply do not ex ist.

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