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Maha: Pawar seeks Rs 10,000-cr pkg for drought-like situation

Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar (NCP) on Wednesday demanded that the new government come out with a financial package of Rs 10,000 crore for tackling the drought-like situation in the state and went on to suggest the ruling dispensation to raise more debt.

The debate on the drought-like situation was initiated on Wednesday after Opposition members relented and the ruling combine agreed to discuss the issue threadbare. Both the Houses of the Legislature had drowned in din on Tuesday over the issue.

When the House assembled on Wednesday, Congress Deputy group leader Vijay Wadettiwar urged Speaker Haribhau Bagde to admit the notice under section 57 and take up the discussion on drought and farmer suicides. Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse informed the House that the government was willing to take up the discussion immediately following which the Speaker allowed it.
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