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Drought relief: SC issues notice to Centre, 11 states

A farm worker carrying fodder walks in a dried paddy field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 8, 2015. India has just suffered back-to-back drought years for only the fourth time in over a century, summer crops are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest in at least a decade for the time of year. Yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers since June, when its weather office forecast - correctly as it turned out - that this year's monsoon rains would fall short. Fifteen months since winning power, in part on his record in boosting agriculture as chief minister of Gujarat, Modi faces growing criticism for failing to shield Indian farmers from deepening hardship. To match INDIA-DROUGHT/ Picture taken September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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. (ANI)