NABARD to fund irrigation schemes: Government of Chhattisgarh and NABARD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in presence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Agriculture and Water Resource Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, in Vidhan Sabha premises.
NABARD to fund irrigation schemes: As per this MoU, NABARD will provide loan worth nearly Rs 715 crore for completion of three incomplete major irrigation schemes under Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme. These schemes include Kelo Major Irrigation Project, Kharang Canal Lining Project and Maniyari Canal Lining, which are to be completed by year 2019 to meet the target. Completion of these projects will expand irrigation facility in 47, 685 hectares.
In this meeting, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Principal Secretary of Finance Department Amitabh Jain and Special Secretary Kamalpreet Singh, and other senior officer were also present. On behalf of State Government, Principal Secretary of Finance Department Amitabh Jain signed the MoU. Officials of Water Resource Department informed on the occasion that Central Government has included 99 important schemes in Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme, which includes three big projects of Chhattisgarh. All these three projects are on the verge of completion. 99% of the works under these projects has been completed, remaining construction works will also be completed soon.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while addressing the media said that the loan has been taken for long term and it would not have much impact on the budget. He suggested that more such irrigation schemes would be also developed after holding talks with NABARD so that maximum farmers derive benefits.
Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal speaking to the media on the MoU said as per the central task force constituted at the Centre, such a scheme has been launched all over the country and Chhattisgarh has three projects. He hoped that it would increase the cropping area and irrigation capacity in the state. Efforts are also on to cover more areas through smaller projects under the Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme (PMKSY).