In a praiseworthy move, a small temple committee has come forward to contribute substantially to the Chief Minister's fund to tackle the grave drought situation prevailing in Marathwada. The drought situation in the backward region has reached alarming proportions with the land cracking for want of water.
It is in this context that the Shri Shardashram Gruhnirman Society which has established a unit of Shri Raghvendra Seva Sangh at Paithan Gate has decided to donate Rs 50,000 towards the CM's relief fund.
The CM's Distress Relief Fund is a source of financial assistance for those struggling to overcome distressful situations in life following the severe drought situation. This assistance is of great help to the poor and needy, and is generated through generous contributions from the public. The temple organises various social, religious and cultural programmes for the benefit of the people. A delegation of the temple trustees called on the district collector and handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the official. They urged the collector to use the money for the benefit of the drought-affected people. Temple managing committee chairman VM Girdhar, vice-chairperson Nileema Mudgalkar, D D Basarkar, Surendra Gangakhedkar, Narayanrao Mudgalkar and secretary Subhash Bindu were present on the occasion. They said it had been decided to donate money to the CM's fund as the drought situation in Marathwada is very grave and poor villagers affected by the drought should be helped. Meanwhile, the trustees of prominent temples across Maharashtra have taken the lead in extending assistance to tackle the drought situation in parts of Marathwada and western Maharashtra.
The Buldhana-based Gajanan Maharaj temple trust had initiated a series of measures to tackle the crisis a decade ago. Shirdi's Sai Baba temple trust, Siddhivinayak temple and Pune's Dagduseth Ganpati shrine have come forward to assist the State Government.