As part of the scheme, the department is integrating all skill development projects and periodically evaluating the same. The government had sanctioned Rs 161 crore towards the scheme in the 2018-19 budget.
"If we reflect on the progress made in the last four years, it is very satisfactory. The irrigation potential in Gosikhurd has increased from 8,449 lakh hectares in 2013-14 to 47,557 lakh hectares in 2017-18,” the CM said.
An official in the water conservation department said: “Water structures, like farm ponds and irrigation wells, have helped the farmers cultivate sugar cane in the drought-prone districts of Marathwada.”
In 2014 elections, BJP’s vote share was 27.3 per cent, followed by Sena (20.6 per cent), Congress (18.1 per cent), NCP (16 per cent) and Swabhimani Shektari Party (2.3 per cent). The remaining 15.7 per cent votes were shared by smaller parties and independents who failed to win any seat.
Addressing a press conference at the end of a three-day conclave at Bhayander, on the outskirts of Mumbai, RSS sarkaryavah Bhaiyyaji Joshi said they would “not hesitate to launch an agitation for the Ram temple, if needed, but since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there are restrictions.”
“The Shiv Sena’s decision to bring the Ram temple issue to the centre stage will be adequately reciprocated by the central leadership of the BJP. Shah is likely to hold discussions with Thackeray to explain the party’s stand and plans on the Ram temple issue,” a BJP source told The Indian Express.
"It is high time that we evolve a long term strategy on using recycled water. There is no alternative to adopting technology to promote recycled water. We have to make huge investments and set up water treatment plants," Water management expert Madhav Chitale.
PM Modi said, "In the last four years, the government has made serious efforts to provide proper houses to the poor living in shanties. Efforts were made in the past too. But unfortunately, their sole objective was to promote the name of a particular family."
A senior official in the water conservation department told The Indian Express, “We have identified 84,000 water conservation projects, which were built in the last six decades but are now non-functional and lying abandoned.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar said: “My party is willing to join hands with the Congress to put up a strong front. But we have taken a decision not to have any alliance with the NCP.”