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Cabinet approves Rs 200 cr grant to provide drinking water facilities.

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today approved an additional grant of 200 crore rupees to provide drinking water facilities to the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh.

Briefing media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said this grant is in addition to other measures including a special package announced by the centre in November last year for the mitigation of drought.

The additional central assistance approved by the Cabinet will enable the States to better address the problem of drinking water during the summer months.

The package as a whole will enable the people in the region to optimize water resources through rainwater harvesting and proper utilization of the river systems alongwith promoting diversified agriculture so as to enhance their capacity to cope with the recurrent droughts in a more resilient manner.

For implementing drinking water component the two State Governments will send proposals to the National Rainfed Area Authority, which will recommend release of Additional Central Assistance in consultation with the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

The Union Cabinet also approved a few adjustments in implementation of the drought mitigation strategies, which were requested by the State Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and National Rainfed Area Authority.

Madhya Pradesh Government has proposed to provide funds for water-lifting devices and construction of stop-dams in place of the earlier approved components of farm ponds and recharge of dugwells. (ANI)

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