Efforts of the state government to provide more irrigation facilities to farmers in UP are paying off. A total of 11 projects have been completed in the last three years, in which 2.21 lakh hectares of additional irrigation capacity has been created and 2.33 lakh farmers have been benefited. A UP spokesperson said on Saturday that a total of nine projects are targeted to be completed in the current financial year, which will create an additional irrigation potential of 16.41 lakh hectares and will benefit 40.48 lakh farmers.
He informed that apart from providing boring facilities to the farmers in the state, tubewells will now be operated with solar energy. Boring facility of shallow, medium and deep tube wells will be provided to the farmers. Solar pumps of various capacities are also being set up under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha and Utthan (PM Kusum) scheme for the purpose of alternative energy management in place of diesel and electricity for irrigation to farmers. Irrigation facility is being provided to small marginal SC, ST and other categories of farmers of the state through schemes such as free boring group mini green tubel, pond construction for rainwater harvesting etc. Not only this, under the Free Boring Scheme, assistance of Rs 10 thousand per beneficiary is also being provided to scheduled castes and marginal farmers.
The spokesman said that the present government is doing planned work to get rid of the problem of floods permanently. Continuous efforts have not only made life safer during the flood season, but also increased the irrigation potential of the fields. This has also increased people’s trust. It is the government’s commitment to prevent floods that now the projects related to flooding are starting in January itself and will be completed by May before the rainy season. Recently, Chief Minister Yogi has also inaugurated 146 projects related to flood rescue and laid the foundation stone of 170 projects. In terms of flood disaster, 24 districts of the state were highly sensitive in 2017, while 16 districts were in sensitive category.
Despite this, there was no systematic action plan for flood prevention or relief. But the present government, after assessing the local needs, prepared a detailed action plan, implemented them and set the accountability. As a result, people have been safe from large-scale floods today. Assistance has been provided to the people on a large scale. Not only this, for the first time in the history of the state, some innovative experiments were also carried out. Dredging and channelization of rivers was done by creating a systematic action plan. Encouraged by its good results, many public representatives have stated the need to implement it in their areas as well.