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PTI Mumbai
Updated: 30-11-2018 20:47 IST

Govt considering refund of education fees in drought-hit areas

Mumbai, Nov 30 (PTI)The Maharashtra Government said

Friday that it was "positively" considering a proposal to

refund the fees of students hailing from drought-hit areas.

Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil made the

announcement in reply to a debate on drought situation in the

Legislative Council here.

"We are positively considering refunding the fees of

students of all streams from drought-hit areas in the current

academic year. Even if a student hailing from a drought-hit

area is studying in a city, we will consider him (for refund).

We will start this process immediately," he said.

This may put an additional burden of Rs 300-400 crore

on the state treasury, he said.

The opposition parties had earlier demanded that

students from drought-affected areas should get a fee refund.

Patil also said that sub-divisional officers have been

given district collector's powers to take immediate decisions

on providing water tankers.

"Directions have been issued that water tankers should

be provided within 24 hours of receiving a request," the

minister said.

Drought-like situation has been declared in 151

tehsils and 268 circles, he said.

"There are 1.08 crore livestock animals in this area

and we are making appropriate arrangements for fodder supply

till June. Fodder camps will be set up wherever required based

on reports of district collectors," he added.

The government will pay five per cent of arrears of

drinking water schemes of village panchayats so that water

supply in drought-hit villages continues, he said.

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