According to the report submitted to the Supreme court by the Central Government of India, it is stated that about 254 districts in 10 States are reeling under severe drought. Around 33 crore people are severely affected. The number are likely to increase as the reports submitted is only for those districts that have been declared drought hit.
Maharastra is suffering the worst drought in decades. 27 of Karnataka’s 30 districts are drought-hit as are 25 of 27 in Chhattisgarh and 22 of 24 in Jharkhand. With even the peak summer season is not yet reached the heatwave is sweeping the country.
New Delhi, April 19 : The government on Tuesday conceded in the Supreme Court that 256 districts with a population of about 33 crore spread over 12 states were affected by drought, even as NGO Swaraj Abhiyan argued that the budget allocation of Rs.38,500 crore to the rural job guarantee scheme for 2016-2017 was far short of the actual requirement.
As the government it has released Rs.19,000 crores under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme as a relief measure, the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana said that the affected population was about 25 percent of the country's population.