Sonowal sets out irrigation target for Assam

With a view to improve farm productivity and ensure better utilization of water resources, Irrigation Department, Government of Assam would soon implement surface minor irrigation scheme named ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ in the state and will also install 4779 solar and electricity operated tube wells benefitting over nineteen thousand farmers.

The initiative will be taken to increase access to groundwater under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana and will cover 14 districts in the first phase. The scheme will provide irrigation facilities to around 1.4 Lakh agricultural land in the state.

Reviewing the ongoing irrigation schemes, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stressed on the need for drawing a road map to ensure effective implementation of this proposed scheme. The Chief Minister also made several suggestions to make the Irrigation Department more farmer friendly enhancing its credibility and efficiency.

Sonowal said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged a number of farmer friendly schemes to uphold the dignity of the farmers and strengthening their economic condition. Stating Har Khet Ko Pani as a major initiative to maximize access to ground water for farming, Sonowal directed the engineers of Irrigation Department to carry out extensive interactions with farmers in every 15 days to have a deep understanding about their problems for future corrective measures.

The Chief Minister also emphasized on physical verification of ongoing schemes by senior officials and regular review meetings to make the scheme implementation more timely and expeditious.

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