Drought Relief: SC Seeks Response From Centre And States Over Aid Provided To People

16/12/2015 3:29 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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This photo taken on May 28, 2015 shows an Indian man walking across the dried-out bed of Lake Ahmad Sar as extreme heat conditions prevail in Ahmedabad. Hospitals in India battled May 28 to treat victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed more than 1,700 lives in just over a week -- the highest number recorded in two decades. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Central Government and 11 states seeking their response on the steps initiated to provide relief to the people affected by drought.

The apex court has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana and Gujarat.

Non-profit Swaraj Abhiyan moved the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking relief for the drought affected farmers in 11 states.

Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand have asked for Rs. 20,000 crore aid from the Central Government.

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