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PUNJAB-Elusive Package

Drought Politics MAHARASHTRA'S drought became, one in a long tine of distress situations, a 'political' issue last week. The assembly ses- sioh just ending generated much heat on the issue with the combined opposition criticising the government on its lack of effort in tackling the situation. As a mark of its own concern about the drought, the opposition stayed away for the last part of the. session and has called a 'bandh', And the outcome? The state government made efforts, visible efforts' to expand and intensify its drought relief operations, organised more tankers of water to dry villages, opened the much delayed cattle camps, transferred more funds for bore wells, brought more people under its now controversial employment guarantee scheme, and announced a 20 per cent cut in expenditure in all departments to divert funds to combat recurring drought.

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