Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed the District Collectors to immediately start works under the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) in the drought-affected areas, and accord sanction to such works within three days. CM Fadnavis told the officials that the model code of conduct was not applicable to drought-relief work as the Election Commission has given permission to it. The CM gave the instructions during a dialogue with Collectors and sarpanchs (village heads) from variousparts of the State using audio bridge technology for mobile phone from his official residence Varsha.
The conference calls between the CM, Collectors of each district with Sarpanchs and Gram Sevaks took collectors to task while also ensured immediate action on issues raised by the Sarpanchs. He asked the Collector to submit the compliance report of these works. He asked the sarpanchs to conduct maximum water conservation works in their villages. During the interaction, several sarpanchs brought to the CM’s notice various problems like shortage of water and fodder. Taking cognisance of their complaints, Devendra Fadnavis instructed the Collectors and other officials to take corrective measures.
The CM said that tehsildars should tally the demand for tankers in accordance with the population of the village and animal population of 2018, and see that water is supplied accordingly. He also asked them to immediately approve the work of desilting tanks and ponds.
Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.