Mumbai: The Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra on Tuesday sanctioned Rs 3,100 crores to Maharashtra for providing help in the drought affected areas of the state. However the Maharashtra government sought a relief package of Rs 4,000 crore from the Union government to assess the damage in drought-hit areas but the Centre approved Rs 3,100 crores.
The Maharashtra government had earlier declared drought in 15,747 villages across Maharashtra. A Central team had spent two days in the state to assess the damages and sent its report to the Union Cabinet. The state received only 59.4 per cent of the total annual rainfall this year. Seven districts got 25-50 per cent rainfall while 16 districts received 50-75 per cent rains.