Fifty eight districts in state have
Government in 2009-10. The districts are
been notified as drought affected districts by the State Mainpuri, Kanpur Dehat, Bareilly, Farrukkhabad, Kannauj,
Jaunpur, Ghazipur, Raibareilly, Fatehpur, Sultanpur, Hardoi, Basti, Santkabirnagar, Balia, Kashiramnagar, Unnao, Deoria, Mau, Ambedkarnagar, Mahamayanagar, Agra, Shahjahanpur, Saharanpur, Faizabad, Meerut, Mahoba, Aligarh, Jyotibafelenagar, Balrampur, Rampur, Ghaziabad, Gautambudhnagar, Banda,
Siddharthnagar, Badaun, Sitapur, Firozabad, Chitrakut, Etawah, Bulandsha har, Muzaffarnagar, Kushinagar, Jhansi, Lucknow, Bijnaur, Mirzapur and Etah.
Due to deficient rainfall most of the districts in the affected areas are facing the problem of low
availability or lack of availability of surface water especially in the irrigation channels, tanks and wells. The water level of the underground water has also gone down and the main challenge is to food to the needy persons, and sufficient drinking water to the residents and animal stock in the affected area. The state government has taken several measures to ensure that an effective drought proofing takes place in the
drought affected districts.
Major Drought Mitigation initiatives in the drought-prone districts in the state are as follows:
Rs 300 Cr has been given to drought-prone districts in UP for instant relief work required in the
districts and agriculture input subsidy.
Food Grain Bank Scheme
Under this scheme two quintals of wheat and two quintals of rice is being kept as reserve at village
level to provide assured livelihood to the destitute. As per requirement, 15 kg of food grain has been
allotted per destitute family subjected to the requirement at local level.
With a view of avoid starvation, district magistrates empow ered to run community kitchens, on the
pattern of mid-day meal scheme, as per requirement to catering the needs of destitute persons.
Agriculture Input Subsidy
Agriculture input subsidy is being provided in such areas where crop loss is 50% and above as per
the norms of Calamity Relief Fund. Assistance payable to small farmer with small holding should not be less than Rs. 250. But the State Government, enhanced the minimum permissible amount to Rs. 1000 from Rs. 250 for the tiny holdings of small and marg inal farmers in drought affected districts. A sum of Rs. 300 crore has been distributed as agriculture input subsidy in the drought affected area where the crop losses estimated to be more than 50% of individual farmers.
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