Union Government on 24 March 2015 sanctioned 2,000 crore rupees as a relief package for the areas affected by drought in Maharashtra in the year 2014.
Decision in this regard was taken at high-level committee meeting of National Disaster Management headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The amount has been sanctioned by the Committee under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
The relief package was sanctioned by the high level committee proposal after they had examined the inputs of the central team which visited the drought affected areas of the State. The sanctioned amount is four times higher than the amount of nearly 500 crore rupees sanctioned in the year 2013.
In the year 2014, due to poor Monsoon many parts of Maharashtra state were affected from severe drought conditions which in-turn had severe impact on the crop yields and drinking water supply.
Apart from this decision, the high-level committee meeting also decided to sanction the required assistance from NDRF to the flood hit Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
The committee decided to sanction this assistance after examining the proposals of the Central Team to the States affected by severe Natural Disasters in the year 2014.