Maharashtra Government Stirs Controversy, Sets Eligibility Criteria for Providing Food in Flood-Affected Areas
Rescue Operations during floods in Maharashtra and Karnataka (Photo Credits: ANI)

Mumbai, August 9: Heavy rains battered the entire country and the situation remained gloomy in flood-hit parts of Maharashtra. In the last seven days, several deaths in flood-related incidents have been reported. Instead of providing relief to the flood victims who have been stranded for the past five days, the Maharashtra government has come with terms for help. Flood Situation Worsens in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka: Over 40 Killed in Deluge; NDRF, Navy Deployed.

In the letter, the government said that if the region is under flood for two or more days, then they would be eligible for free food. Because of the situation in the state, the state food and civil supplies department have issued a circular on August 7.

As per the circular, the affected families will be given 10 kg of rice and 10 kg of wheat for free. However, 'two days in flood' criteria have been imposed for this help. This move from the government has invited controversy and heavy criticism.

Maharashtra government circular:

Meanwhile, the floods have claimed at least thirty lives in Maharashtra. 11 people have died in Sangli, six people in Pune, four people in Kolhapur, seven in Satara and one in Solapur.