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

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MAHARASHTRA-Causes of Recurrent Drought in Ahmednagar

MAHARASHTRA rainfall for a period of 78 years from 1901 to 1978 in the district. Causes of Recurrent Drought in Ahmednagar Madhusudan Dattatraya Sathe THE recurring drought in Maharashtra especially in Ahmednagar and Solapur districts has been a perennial theme for public discussion even 100 years ago. So the planners in government raised the basic question whether on the basis of objective and scientific criteria one could define the genuine condition of drought in these districts. Arising out of this there was a next question and that was whether during the course of development planning in last 25 years which programmes and schemes were designed and to what extent their implementation could mitigate the severity of the drought problem in these districts. Taking the same line of reasoning further there was also a question whether the present drought problem could ever be overcome during the course of next 100 years. If we go by what we have managed to accomplish during the chequered career of development planning during last 25 years, it appears that the problem of drought and the canal based prosperity of sugarcane cultivation and sugar co-operatives seem to co-exist and it is likely to continue further, given the preference of the government for soft options. In this backdrop it is only logical that the interest of the dry land peasantry would be sacrificed to protect the well-being of the rich peasantry.

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