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Dry Days

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<b>NO CASH FLOW: </b><br><br>The lady of the house, Ahusabai Dangode would till recently accompany her husband to work on fields so that they could collectively bring home daily wages to run their home. A hysterectomy surgery not only rendered her jobless, but also put the family in debt of Rs 25, 000. Ahusabai initially went to a government hospital where doctors told her to wait it out. When her body swelled up too much to ignore, she loaned the sum from her brother and got operated at a private hospital in Aurangabad. The public healthcare system, clearly failed the family

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Madhavi Rajadhyaksha and Uma Kadam | March 9, 2013


NO CASH FLOW:

The lady of the house, Ahusabai Dangode would till recently accompany her husband to work on fields so that they could collectively bring home daily wages to run their home. A hysterectomy surgery not only rendered her jobless, but also put the family in debt of Rs 25, 000. Ahusabai initially went to a government hospital where doctors told her to wait it out. When her body swelled up too much to ignore, she loaned the sum from her brother and got operated at a private hospital in Aurangabad. The public healthcare system, clearly failed the family

<b>STARING AT AN ABYSS: </b><br><br>In the absence of regular tanker supply, villagers have no other source of water than drying up wells. A group bends over a drying well trying to draw whatever is left

Dole hole

Madhavi Rajadhyaksha and Uma Kadam | March 9, 2013


STARING AT AN ABYSS:

In the absence of regular tanker supply, villagers have no other source of water than drying up wells. A group bends over a drying well trying to draw whatever is left

<b>TESTING TIMES: </b><br><br>The state government has repeatedly directed that exam fees of students in drought-hit villages should be waived. But this isn't being implemented. Taterao, Ahusabai's son, coughed up Rs 2, 000 recently to be able to sit for his class 10 board exams. Even during his exams he worked on the fields on weekends

Dole hole

Madhavi Rajadhyaksha and Uma Kadam | March 9, 2013


TESTING TIMES:

The state government has repeatedly directed that exam fees of students in drought-hit villages should be waived. But this isn't being implemented. Taterao, Ahusabai's son, coughed up Rs 2, 000 recently to be able to sit for his class 10 board exams. Even during his exams he worked on the fields on weekends

<b>LEFT HIGH AND DRY: </b><br><br>Bhika and Shanta Danghode, who are in their seventies, have seen their share of dry spells but say this is the worst. They used to own three acres of land but repeated droughts and the failure of the government to connect their fields to irrigation networks, as promised, forced them to sell all their agricultural land for money. They now live off their daughter, Ahusabai

Dole hole

Madhavi Rajadhyaksha and Uma Kadam | March 9, 2013


LEFT HIGH AND DRY:

Bhika and Shanta Danghode, who are in their seventies, have seen their share of dry spells but say this is the worst. They used to own three acres of land but repeated droughts and the failure of the government to connect their fields to irrigation networks, as promised, forced them to sell all their agricultural land for money. They now live off their daughter, Ahusabai

<b>CATTLE BATTLE: </b><br><br>Sillod is one of the worst-affected talukas in Aurangabad yet the block does not have a single cattle camp, as mandated by the state government. Cattle camps are subsidised sheds set up by the government to provide free fodder to animals in drought-hit areas. In the absence of such camps, farmers leave their cattle to graze on dry grass and stalks. Many are also resorting to distress sales, disposing of their cows, sheep and buffaloes at throwaway prices

Dole hole

Madhavi Rajadhyaksha and Uma Kadam | March 9, 2013


CATTLE BATTLE:

Sillod is one of the worst-affected talukas in Aurangabad yet the block does not have a single cattle camp, as mandated by the state government. Cattle camps are subsidised sheds set up by the government to provide free fodder to animals in drought-hit areas. In the absence of such camps, farmers leave their cattle to graze on dry grass and stalks. Many are also resorting to distress sales, disposing of their cows, sheep and buffaloes at throwaway prices

<b>NO TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT: </b><br><br>As per government records, two tankers are supposed to supply drinking water daily to Borgaon Sarvani village in Sillod. But villagers say they haven't received drinking water in four days. They sparingly ration every drop that is stocked in their homes. The sense of desperation is evident at village chowks. 'Matkas' are lined up outside every community tap in the hope that water will flow

Dole hole

Madhavi Rajadhyaksha and Uma Kadam | March 9, 2013


NO TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT:

As per government records, two tankers are supposed to supply drinking water daily to Borgaon Sarvani village in Sillod. But villagers say they haven't received drinking water in four days. They sparingly ration every drop that is stocked in their homes. The sense of desperation is evident at village chowks. 'Matkas' are lined up outside every community tap in the hope that water will flow

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