Monday, August 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] AP to launch scheme to irrigate 10 lakh acres of SC, ST land

AP to launch scheme to irrigate 10 lakh acres of SC, ST land
PTI | 07:07 PM,Jul 30,2011

Hyderabad, Jul 30(PTI)Andhra Pradesh government will launch an
ambitious scheme 'Indira Jala Prabha' on Gandhi Jayanthi day to bring
10 lakh acres of land belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes under irrigation. A sum of Rs 1,600 crore will be spent under
the new scheme that would benefit five lakh SC and ST families, the
government said today. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy discussed
modalities of the scheme with Finance Minister Aanam Ramanarayana
Reddy, Rural Development Minister D Manikya Varaprasad, Principal
Secretary (Rural Development) R Subrahmanyam and other senior
officials here today. The scheme would be integrated with the Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme so as to draw 50
per cent of funds while the balance would be pooled from the National
Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, according to a press
release from the Chief Minister�s Office. Blocks of 10 acres would be
identified in each village and Common Interest Groups formed with land
owners to take up land development activity. So far, over 33,000 such
blocks have been identified in 16,742 villages, the CMO said. In all,
the state government intends to develop irrigation facilities for 50
lakh acres under the MGNREGP, including 10 lakh acres under Indira
Jala Prabha, so as to benefit 22 lakh families, it said.

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