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CM assures people on drought relief

By A Staff Reporter

AHMEDABAD: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel on Wednesday during his visit to the drought-affected areas of Patan and Banaskantha district directed the administration to remain alert on drought relief work and provide succour to the people.

The chief minister who was accompanied by the minister of state for water supply Harjivanbhai Patel had a meeting with officials at Radhanpur and Tharat and reviewed the drought relief measures there.

The aim of the drought relief measures, Patel said should be to stand by affected people and cattle. He asked the officials to carry out sample survey to see whether those employed on the relief works get daily wage of Rs 40 each. He also asked the administration to provide work to a group within a radius of five kms. He said relief works which could become asset to the community should be undertaken. In this respect he cited the work related to water resources and watershed and said work like deepening ponds should also be undertaken.

Patel also asked the administration to maintain adequate supply of fodder and create a buffer stock of the same. He also launched water supply for cultivation of fodder from the deep wells of water resources corporation at Vajegadh near Tharad.

He also visited the panjrapole at Radhanpur and Vav run by the voluntary organisations and lauded the role being played by these organisation in protection of cattle. He also visited several relief works in the area.



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