To deal with acute shortage of water, the government has allocated Rs 410 crore to 20 states and union territories in the current year under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). The fund will be used to minimise the impact of drought and improve the groundwater recharge in affected regions.
An agriculture ministry statement on Tuesday said the perennially drought affected districts along with the over exploited and notified blocks by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) have been considered for special treatment to improve the condition of underground water, to improve soil moisture regime and to create micro water storage for protective irrigation during longer dry spells.
“It has also been observed that 219 districts in the country have been frequently affected by drought in the recent past. These areas are witnessing regular agrarian crisis and the farmers are in the state of distressed condition, requiring special attention and support for a durable & sustainable solution,”the statement said.