A month after accusing the Centre of doing politics over drought and rejecting its offer of a water train, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday claimed the Modi government was not providing enough help to farmers whose crops have been affected by hailstorm.
Visiting Mahoba in Bundelkhand on Saturday, along with water conservationist Rajendra Singh — also known as ‘waterman of India’ — Akhilesh cited his government’s efforts regarding drought management, including digging of ponds. He maintained his government would make more provisions in the budget for the same.
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Speaking to villagers in Jhansi district through video conferencing, the CM said: “Since construction of dam and land acquisition for the same takes time, the government, with the help of experts, will focus on increasing the depth of 100 existing ponds… We have set aside funds for the scheme and would make more provisions for construction and maintenance of ponds.”
“Last year, while travelling from Banda to Jhansi, I did not see any tree on the roadside. I asked officials to come up with a scheme to provide assistance to farmers so that they can plant trees that bear fruits,” he added. The government is also experimenting with a pilot project to provide “RO water” in a village of Hamirpur district, he said.