As we battle the heat reaching out for lemon juice and coconut water, the Central Government declared drought in eight states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Centre has also announced a relief fund of INR 24,000 core to the affected States in April to cope with the scorch days.
Deficient rainfall was predicted for Kerala by weather forecast agency Skymet. Earlier the Central government had sanctioned additional employment above 100 days per household under the rural job scheme in Kerala. Kerala Disaster Management Authority had recommended declaration of drought in all districts of Kerala in view of deficit in South West Monsoon.
In view of drought being declared in all 14 districts, the State Government had written to the Union Ministry of Rural Development to permit Kerala to provide up to 150 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).