India's drought-hit and rain-stripped Bundelkhand region will get a substantial government relief package. The government has given its nod for the special package of Rs 7,266 crore for the belt which sprawls from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Though the package has been approved, centre has not created any officially authorised entity for the purpose.
The union cabinet, which cleared the drought- mitigation package, decided to set up a monitoring group that would be chaired and co-chaired by Planning Commission members in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and include chief secretaries of the two states.
Optimisation of water resources through rain water harvesting and through proper utilisation of river systems will be covered under the package for the next three years.