Jalyukta Shivar to be extended to all 40,000 villages across Maharashtra

The Jalyukta Shivar Yojna, which was till date meant for the 25,000 villages reeling under drought, will now be extended to the remaining 15,000 villages for scientific water conservation.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: June 6, 2016 2:30 am

IN A bid to enable farmers to cultivate at least two to three crops along with short term sowing of vegetables for sustainable agriculture practices, the state government has decided to extend its flagship project Jalyukta Shivar Yojna in all villages.

The Jalyukta Shivar Yojna, which was till date meant for the 25,000 villages reeling under drought, will now be extended to the remaining 15,000 villages for scientific water conservation.

The initiative comes after gram panchayats from across all villages in the state approached the government asking the CM to help them out as well.

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With this new move, the chief minister has turned his focus on making all the 40,000 villages self-reliant when it comes to water.

Efforts will be made to create smaller water bodies, which would tap every drop of rain water.

Fadnavis said, “We are working towards making farming economically sustainable. Through some policy initiatives and corrections, we want to bring down the investments in farming to help the small and marginal farmers. Reduction in investment cost coupled with higher yield and financial returns would make farming more economical.”

On Sunday, during his visit to Kati village in Yavatmal district in Vidarbha, he said, “We should maximise the Jalyukata Shivar works designed as per the requirements of every village to enable us to tap every drop of rain water.”

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