CM steps up efforts to tackle water scarcity

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 11:18:12


 

Staff Reporter,

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued instructions to officials to launch a drive for holding flowing rain water from September 15. He has instructed to make action plan for farmers’ income not getting reduced due to rain deficit, observe Swachhata fortnight and get prepared for rabi crop considering rain shortfall.

Chouhan asked the district in-charge ministers to assess availability of water for irrigation with public representatives and administrative officers between September 15 and 20. Effective management should be put in place for executing contingency action plan for irrigation from available water and apprise farmers of it.

Chouhan was reviewing contingency action plan to deal with situation arising from deficient rainfall after the Cabinet meeting. Presentations were made by Agriculture, Water Resources, Public Health Engineering, Animal Husbandry, Co-operatives and Urban Administration Departments regarding preparation for tackling short rainfall. It was informed that Chief Minister and all members of the Cabinet will actively participate in awareness drive for stopping water. They will get constructed ‘bori bandhans’.

Chouhan directed the Agriculture Department’s officials that it should be ensured that contingency plan prepared for rain shortfall is informed to farmers effectively. Gram Sabha meetings should be held. Information regarding availability of water for irrigation, minor, semi-irrigated crops and availability of their seeds, should be communicated to farmers. Agriculture, Revenue, Panchayat and Rural Development Departments will jointly create awareness among farmers at war footing to tackle the situation.

The society should be prepared to deal with situation due to rain deficit by utilising different forums like farmers’ conventions, Jan Upbhokta Santha and all modes of mass communication. He said that task should be defined so that farmers’ income is not decreased in such adverse conditions. Connect people and set new record by taking resolution for the best.

The Chief Minister asked officers of Water Resources Department that they should inform farmers in advance about availability of water in reservoirs. The best plan should be made for utilising available water for sowing of rabi and kharif being affected due to rain deficit. The goal is clear that the help as much as we can extend for better crop of farmers, we should provide. Rath (awareness vehicle) should be sent in every panchayat for creating public awareness for preparations for rabi crop, drinking water and cleanliness. Action plan should be made irrigation project-wise of saving standing paddy crop.

Assessment for available water should be made on practical basis for irrigation so that all farmers get equal water for irrigation. Monitoring of efforts for preventing flowing water will be made by district incharge minister. Chief Minister asked Public Health Engineering Department that draft of the action plan for period up to July 2018 should be put in the next Cabinet meeting in co-ordination with Panchayat and Rural Development Department.

Proposals should be incorporated in the draft to remove difficulties related with operation and co-ordination, with simplification of the process. Proposals should be submitted to take necessary measures to resume closed tab water schemes and availing maintenance related resources.

He issued instructions to take step for increasing target of hand pump digging and install small motor pumps in them. The Chief Minister reviewed action plan of co-operatives, animal husbandry and urban development department. Officers of urban administration department were directed that there should not shortage of drinking water. Chief Minister asked Animal Husbandry Department to launch awareness drive for storing fodder of paddy, maze and soyabean crops.Chouhan reviewed preparations for Swachhata Fortnight to be observed between September 15 and October 2.