Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday directed the drought-prone districts to complete the ongoing “jalyukta shivar” projects by next month to maximise water storage during the monsoon. At a review meeting for all 16 drought-hit districts, Fadnavis, through video-conference, urged the district administration to speed up the “jalyukta shivar” projects which are incomplete by June.
On Saturday, Fadnavis is likely to visit Delhi to attend the state drought meeting, seeking a special package from the Centre for the ongoing irrigation projects and also apprise it about the present situation in the state. In the first phase, 1.33 lakh “jalyukta shivar” works were completed across 6,200 villages. In the second phase, work is underway in 5,500 villages. The government has provided Rs 1,600 crore.
In the first week of May, Fadnavis had said, “The next one month is crucial as it is peak of summer… ensure adequate fodder supply to drought-hit villages.” As many as 3,613 tankers have been deployed to supply water to the worst-hit villages across the state.
While referring to the farm pond scheme for farmers, Fadnavis said, “At every district collector’s office, the applications received from farmers should be immediately processed. Nobody should be kept waiting. The government wants to reach out to the maximum number of farmers to make them self-reliant.”
Officials informed that work order for 13,386 farm ponds had been issued across districts. In Yavatmal, statistics showed a drastic drop in the number of farmers’ suicide. The data compiled by district collectors showed the cases of farmers’ suicides have come down to 66 this year compared to 122 cases reported last year.