Experts meeting on water issues

Centre has asked State to avail Rs 2000 cr from Japan Cooperation Bank

K H Muniyappa

It will be followed by a three-day workshop, announced Union Minister K H Muniyappa.
Speaking to media persons here on Monday he said it is necessary to plan  well thought out programmes to solve the ground water in both the districts. Hence a meeting of scientists, experienced farmers and agriculturist will be organised with in two weeks. The deputy commissioners of both districts will be informed about it, he said.

All are welcome to suggest technical means for optimum utilisation of rain water. It is necessary to make proper use of agriculture and drinking water, he said. “Centre had written a letter to the Chief MInister about a proposal to avail a loan of Rs2000 crore from Japan Cooperation Bank to conduct a survey of all the crops in the district. I will request the Chief Minister to respond positively in this regard” , he said.

“The proposal from Japan Bank is with the finance department. The previous chief minister had assured action in this regard. Now once again the attention of all irrespective of party politics has to be drawn”, he said.

He also assured that if the Chief Minister submits a preliminary project report about solving the problems in the district , then  he would bring pressure to release subsidy. Desilting of tanks, construction of check dams, development of hilly regions, plains also needs to be taken up, he said.

A months time sought
The deputy commissioner, CEO of ZP were asked to submit an integrated report about the ground water and agricultural problems in the district. They have however requested for a month’s time to complete the same. After the report is submitted, based on the discussions at the experts meeting, an integrated report will be  prepared, after which the Chief Minister will be contacted for further action”, he said.                                                                                         
Drought relief delayed
The delay in receiving drought relief has caused serious problems to the farmers in the district. However, the good rains have reduced the problems to certain extent. But since relief from the Centre has not been received yet, after discussion with the deputy commissioner, further action will be taken, he said.

It is said that several districts have not received drought relief funds. If information about it is provided by the Revenue Minister and Agriculture Minister I will initiate action in this regard at the Centre, he assured.

Ramzan rains
Wishing the people on the occasion of Ramzan, he complemented the secular nature of the society wherein all are living in harmony. District Congress Committee president Bisse Gowda, and Mohammad Akram of Youth Congress unit were present.

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