Friday, May 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Government scheme to irrigate SC, ST lands

Government scheme to irrigate SC, ST lands
Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hyderabad, May 19: With an aim to provide irrigation facility to about
10 lakh acres belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the
state government will launch a new scheme 'Indira Jala Prabha'soon.

The scheme will be funded through the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (NABARD).

It would be the first new scheme launched by chief minister N Kiran
Kumar Reddy after coming to power apart from reviving the 'Rachabanda'
programme envisaged by former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Incidentally, Kiran Kumar Reddy continued the legacy of YS Rajasekhara
Reddy and named the scheme after former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

It may be recalled that Rajasekhara Reddy was known for naming all
schemes of the state government after Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, rural development minister
D Manikya Varaprasad said that the state government had identified
about 26 lakh acres of land belonging to SC and STs across the state
and decided to provide irrigation facilities.

"Apart from developing or reviving the water tanks and digging canals,
we are also prepared to drill one lakh borewells to provide irrigation
water to these fields as per requirement," the minister said.

The government will spend Rs 1,600 crore for implementation of the
scheme where Rs 800 crore each will be provided under NREGS and
Nabard, the minister said.

In an attempt to curb irregularities in implementation of NREGS in the
state, the chief minister directed the authorities to prepare
proposals to bring out a new Act for dealing with the people involved
in such irregularities.

The new Act will be a combination of various existing laws to initiate
stringent criminal action against the culprits who resort to
irregularities in implementation of NREGS.



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