This project would take the state towards prosperity : Chief Minister
State government sensitive to the interests of farmers
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today said that the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the state had taken concrete initiatives to bring the state on the development path. He added that the state government was sensitive to the needs and interests of farmers and underlined how UP was the only state in the country where free irrigation through government tubewells and canals was being provided to farmers.
The Chief Minister was speaking here at his official residence after inaugurating the second phase of the UP water sector restructuring project. After lighting the ceremonial lamp, the Chief Minister in his address said that the project would usher in prosperity and development in the state and added that for the development of the country, farmers’ interest should be given foremost importance. Referring to the national economy, the Chief Minister said that when the agriculture sector is faced by problems, the GDP faces an upheaval.
Mr. Yadav also expressed his hope that on completion of the project the farmers of the state would be benefited immensely and areas which do not receive irrigation would also get water. The Chief Minister also lauded the efforts of the World Bank in its efforts to develop backward regions and bring an end to the scourge of poverty world over. He also expressed his gratitude to the World Bank for expediting the clearances for this project and okaying the project in less than a year and said that he was sure that the support and cooperation of the bank would be similarly there for other projects. Mr. Yadav also lauded efforts and sincerity of the irrigation department and congratulated the Irrigation Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav. Adding that the efforts of the minister in improving the work culture in the department and to complete the unfinished projects was commendable.
In his address, Irrigation Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav said that the Samajwadi Party government had taken a decision to complete the unfinished irrigation projects on priority basis and in a brief tenure of 18 months, the Ban 2 Sagar project, which was started in 1973, had been completed and informed that after the execution of the project farmers in Allahabad and Mirzapur were being benefited. He also said that another pending project — The Saryu project was also being expedited. The minister further informed that work has also been started on the incomplete canals and dams in the Bundelkhand region and that in the next three years around Rs. 4468 crore would be spent and after it, 2,25,584 hectares of irrigated land would increase in the state.
The Chief Secretary Mr. Jawed Usmani said that with times, the needs of water were increasing and added that its utility in industry, farming and homes had increased. Seeking balance on the availability and utilization of water, Mr. Usmani informed that the second phase of the water restructuring project costed an estimated Rs. 3090 crore and was signed by the WB on 24 October, 2013. The chief secretary pointed out that as a result of the project, 4700 cusecs of additional water would be available, as a result of which at the tail of the lower Ganga canal system, water scarcity would be met.
The country director of the World Bank Mr. Onno Ruhl in his address said that this project will help farmers increase their agriculture produce and in ending poverty. Saying that the state offered immense potential, Mr. Ruhl expressed some views in Hindi, a move deeply appreciated by the Chief Minister. On the occasion, the task team leader Mr. Winston Yu said the project was a new initiative that would benefit farmers and the irrigation sector.
Principal Secretary Mr. Deepak Singhal in his welcome address said that objective of the project was to increase diversification and production in the agriculture sector. He also informed how the speedy process of clearance of the project was a record in itself. Principal Secretary (II) Mr. Suresh Chandra proposed the vote of thanks.
On the occasion, a short film on the project was also shown. Also present in the function were Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan, Agriculture Minister Mr. Anand Singh, Jail Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Khadi and Gramodyog Minister Mr. Kailash Yadav, APC Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Rakesh Garg, district magistrates of districts concerned, officers and other dignitaries.
It is pertinent to point out here that under the World Bank aided project, 16 districts have been elected which fall on the tail route of various canal systems. These districts include Etah, Etawah, Firozabad, Farrukhabad, Kasganj, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Auraiyya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur Nagar, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Amethi, Rae Barelli, Barabanki and Lalitpur.