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Jal kranti scheme can change farmers life says nitin gadkari

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Nitin gadkari

new Delhi. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that the Jal Kranti Yojana in Maharashtra has changed the picture of drought-hit districts like Buldhana. He said that if this model is implemented across the country, it will not only change the fortunes of farmers but also strengthen the highway network. He said that NITI Aayog will prepare guidelines in this context. The idea of ​​water revolution is the brainchild of Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, Highways and MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises). Under this, ponds are dug or silted in drought-prone areas to ensure rainwater harvesting and recharge of ground water. The silt removal works free of cost by the Ministry of Highways. In return it takes sand, clay and other material from the excavation, which is used in road construction. Gadkari said, "The Buldhana model of the water revolution was implemented in many districts of Maharashtra. This has brought prosperity to those areas where the highest number of farmer suicides were reported earlier. "This initiative has ensured adequate water availability for irrigation and drinking water." On the other hand the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) got sand, soil for the construction of the highway. The NITI Aayog is also happy with the outcome of the scheme and is planning to implement it in all states. "

The minister said that this initiative can not only change the fortunes of the farmers, but will also give impetus to highway development. Buldhana in Maharashtra hardly received 700 to 800 mm of rain. It is the lowest in the entire Vidarbha region. The country reported 5,763 farmer suicides in 2018. Of these, 2,239 were from the same region. Both villagers and NHAI officials say things have changed with the adoption of this model. According to NHAI, Rs 900 crore work has been done for water conservation. NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar wrote a letter to the Minister of Road Transport and appreciated his efforts and suggested expansion of these initiatives in other government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and MNREGA. Kumar said that the Ministry of Rural Development should issue guidelines in this regard that wherever there is work related to the excavation of land, the soil coming out of existing or proposed reservoirs should be given priority.

This post was published on August 21, 2020 2:27 am

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