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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,

Mathura,

Allahabad,

Auraiya,

Jalaun,

Kanpur

Nagar,

Varanasi,

Chandauli,

Moradabad,

Azamgarh,

Siddharthnagar, Badaun, Sitapur, Firozabad, Chitrakut, Etawah, Bulandsha har, Muzaffarnagar, Kushinagar, Jhansi, Lucknow, Bijnaur, Mirzapur and Etah.

Kaushambi,

Pilibhit,

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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.

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Major Drought Mitigation initiatives in the drought-prone districts in the state are as follows:

Relief Works

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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

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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.

Community kitchen

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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

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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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