Mumbai, Sep 3: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said his government was making every effort to help the distressed farmers, and his tour of drought-hit Marathwada was aimed at understanding their plight and taking appropriate action. “This tour is to understand the ground situation and take appropriate decisions at the earliest. Let us fight together. We have to convert this crisis into opportunities and transform the present into better future.

We are working hard for better future by (carrying out) various development projects. I appeal to the administration to give maximum benefits of schemes to farmers,” Fadnavis said while addressing farmers in Parbhani on the last day of his three-day tour. He visited villages of Beed, Parbhani and Nanded districts today, interacted with farmers, visited fodder camps and inspected various projects including his flagship farm ponds scheme. (ALSO READ: Firing in Gurgaon: Gunmen open fire on police; 1injured, 4 arrested)

In Parbhani, Fadnavis said ponds would be dug at almost every farm to ensure water harvesting. “State will study in detail the scanty rains and water scarcity…Government is taking steps to make farmers eligible for new loans for rabbi season,” he said. In Beed, the Chief Minister said the district collector had planned 100 works which will give employment to one lakh people. Though many other parts of Maharashtra have had deficit

rainfall this monsoon, the Marathwada region is bearing the brunt of it. The region, which comprises Central Maharashtra districts, is facing drought for the successive second year.