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
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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