Centre declares Kerala drought-hit
New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday declared eight states including Kerala as drought-hit.
Apart from Kerala, the Centre has declared Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as drought-hit.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 24,000 crore to each of the states to deal with the drought.
The Centre had sanctioned an additional employment over and above 100 days per household under rural job scheme in drought-hit Kerala.
The state government which had declared all 14 districts as drought-affected based on the recommendation had written to the Union Ministry of Rural Development to permit Kerala to provide up to 150 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
"In view of the likelihood of increased demand for employment on public works due to the drought situation, it has been decided, under Section 3(4) of MGNREGA, to provide upto 50 days of additional employment in notified drought affected districts in the financial year 2016-17," Rural Development Ministry said in its notification issued last week.