Facing a shortfall of funds for the Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan, Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat has asked the district administration to reach out to more industrialists to support the endeavour.
For 2016-17, the programme will cover 190 selected villages and the expected expenditure is Rs 247 crore. While funds to the tune of Rs 158 crore have come in, Bapat has urged the district administration to reach out to industrialists who, through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, can donate the remaining amount.
“Increase the CSR funding,” said Bapat while addressing a meeting attended by MPs and MLAs of the district, Pune district collector Saurabh Rao and Zilla Parishad president Pradip Kand, among other officers. Last year, 200 villages were selected out of which 187 villages have benefited with water schemes.
The net result is at least 35,330 hectares getting water through various sources, said district officials. The guardian minister, who also holds the food distribution portfolio, conducted a meeting to take strict note of the black marketing of foodgrains and said that strict vigilance would be kept on all the godowns.
He said that reports of violations had come in and stringent action would be taken against violators and special stitches will be used for sealing these bags for identification while ferrying them from godowns to fairprice shops.