Drought in Marathwada fuels large-scale migration

Rattled and shattered by severe drought, more than 25 lakh people from the Marathwada region of Maharashtra have migrated to urban centres like Mumbai, Pune and even neighbouring states.

The maximum migration has been reported from three districts of Beed, Osmanabad and Latur. This has come as a major challenge to the BJP-Shiv Sena saffron alliance government.

“Sitting here, we cannot imagine the situation, it is very serious, it is the worst-ever drought reported so far....large scale migration are being reported from Mararthwada,” Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil of the Congress said.  “The government is directionless and is not able to tackle the situation,” said Vikhe-Patil, a former agriculture minister during the erstwhile Congress-NCP Democratic Front regime.

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