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Mumbai: The Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to declare ‘drought like’ conditions in 123 talukas (administrative units) out of a total of 355 talukas in the state. These are talukas that had received less than 50% of the average rainfall by the first week of August.

The declaration will help farmers from these talukas to get benefits like restructuring of crop loans, a waiver of interest on the loans, a 33% rebate in power tariffs for agricultural pumps, and school and colleges fee waiver for their children. Many parts of Marathwada and western Vidarbha have received deficient rains during the current monsoon season.

The state cabinet cleared a proposal to increase the generation capacity limit for capital subsidy, offered by the Maharashtra government for setting up micro hydro power projects.

Earlier, projects with a capacity of upto 5 MW were eligible for the subsidy offered on investment in such projects; the threshold has been increased to 25 MW. The upper limit for such subsidy has also been enhanced from Rs2 crore to Rs3 crore.

The cabinet also cleared the state litigation policy. Under the policy, a committee of senior state government officials and legal experts will examine the viability of special leave petitions, writ petitions and other petitions filed by various government departments in the high court and Supreme Court. The state government hopes the move will help to reduce the burden on courts.

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