Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said drought should be declared in Maharashtra as many parts are facing severe water scarcity.

He also said the Central Government did not seem to be coming forward to help Maharashtra which is facing drought.

Speaking at a function here, the former Union Agriculture Minister said, “Drought should be announced at once and not ‘drought-like’ situation. In such a scenario, generally the Centre comes to the help of a state but it does not seem so”.

He said the water scarcity situation in the state has become severe.

“I had visited some villages and districts. They need immediate intervention of the state to face the situation,” he said.