A day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the prevailing drought condition in the Bundelkhand region of the state, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the state government has sought help from the Centre over the “issue of supplying water” to affected areas and awaits for arrangements being made in this regard.
“Pani ke mudde par, kendra ki shuruat ka intezar hai (We are waiting for the Centre to begin doing its part on the issue of water),” Akhilesh said, adding, “Meanwhile, we are doing everything possible using our resources.”
“A train has been sent by the Centre but it is not possible to supply water to villages from a train. Thus efforts are being made by the UP government to arrange for water tankers,” he said.
Akhilesh was speaking during the inauguration of two new pediatric cancer wards at the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow. The event was also attended by his wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav.
On Saturday, Akhilesh attended a meeting held by Modi in New Delhi, where the UP CM sought Rs 11,000 crore to buy 10,000 tankers to carry water to villages of parched region and other drought-hit districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Modi had said the Centre and states have to work together to mitigate the problems faced by the people due to the drought, a PMO statement said.
While addressing the gathering, Akhilesh claimed that 11 new medical colleges have been established in the past four years and the state has seen as increase of around 1,000 medical seats. Efforts were on to meet the shortage of nurses as well, he added.
Terming the Lucknow-Agra Expressway as the “lifeline of Uttar Pradesh” in the future, the CM said, “Our government has decided to open “mandis” along both sides of the expressway so that farmers would be able to sell their produce at ease.”
Apart from focusing on medical and health, the SP government is also sensitive about needs of the sugarcane farmers, Akhilesh said. “We have been able to set up a new sugar mill at Sathion in Azamgarh in just nine months.”
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