Chronological improvement in development plans will be done only after taking people’s representatives into confidence : Uddhav Thackeray

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Nagpur, December 16, 2019: “Aid of Rs. 5,300 crore is being distributed to compensate the affected farmers due to untimely rains in the state. To tackle the natural calamities some improvement will be done in present scheme of water conservation along with other various influential schemes. But implementation of all these schemes will be take place after taking People’s representatives into confidence” said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

He was speaking in a meeting organized to take review of various development works of Amravati District at the Ministerial Council Hall in Legislative Assembly.

Chief Minister further said that despite various natural disasters, we have to face the situation and move on. For this, existing plans would have to incorporate new solutions. For this, new schemes would be added by taking the representatives of the people into confidence. The state government would give justice to the people by considering different measures for Vidarbha.

“Farmers have crop insurance support in case of loss arise due to untimely rains. However, farmers do not get satisfactory response from insurance companies to get crop insurance benefits. Therefore, crop insurance policies will be revised and improved. The government’s role is to ensure that farmers get the benefit of their rights. The farmers have been advised to accept the Panchnama (survey) and rain statistics by the government system for immediate benefit. Besides, efforts will be made to take the amount of loan waiver to the beneficiaries from various banks including the District Banks informed Chief Minister.

“Warud and Morshi taluka will not be included in list of affected sector due untimely rain. But when this matter came in front government tried to provide help according to rule after discussion with Collector. It will be considered to implement a collective fence plan to prevent the loss occur due to wild animals. The criteria of assistance would be to include Rohi (Blue bull) animal after the accident caused by wild animals” said Mr. Ajoy Mehta.

He further stated that individual beneficiary schemes are implemented through the PoCRA scheme in the saline area of the district. They would be given a combination of collective plans. The scheme of mass farming would be implemented widely, so that the farmers can get water for Rabbi Crop too. This would help farmers get a fixed income even in condition of irregular rain. Under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana, 41 long roads of 256. 42 km were completed. Around 90 works of 362.15 km of lengthy roads are in progress. However, funds would be raised for comprehensive reforms in rural roads.

“About 47 posts in Agriculture Department are vacant. The process of filing these posts is underway. Agricultural officers will be made available in each taluka. With the completion of 105 schemes of soil and water conservation in the district, 28, 594 TCM water reservoirs were created. Some criteria will be changed to speed up these work” informed Mr. Mehta.

Collector, Sanjay Pawar presented various development works in the district. He said that in 2019, the area of Kharif in the district was 6.82 lakhs hectares and the actual rainfall was 778.84 mm. The total rainfall during the months of October and November is 67.92 mm. Due to unseasonal rains, 3,73,550 hectare area was damaged, while the number of affected farmers is 3,75, 398. About Rs 230.62 crore subsidy is being received and distribution of the aid is going on for 91,278 farmers who faced loss in agriculture due to untimely rain in October.

In the district, 3, 653 rooftop water collection schemes were completed in Chandpur Bazar, Achalpur, Morshi and Warud talukas under the Jalshakti Abhiyan. Through EGS, 24,495 works of water conservation were undertaken. Of these, 16,678 works were completed. Similarly, out of 7,847 irrigation wells, work of 4,828 wells were completed. The district received a national award for the effective implementation of ‘Maharashtra Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme’.

MLAs Yashomati Thakur, Sulbhatai Khodke, Bachchu Kadu, Ravi Rana, Devendra Bhuiar, Rajkumar Patel, Pratap Adasad, Balwant Wankhede, Chief Secretary Ajay Mehta, Divisional Commissioner Piyush Singh, Collector Sanjay Pawar, Chief Executive Officer Amol Yedge and the heads of various departments of the district attended the review meeting.

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