The government has expressed its commitment to increasing funds for conducting research on water sources in the country with a view to supplying water to rural areas. Deputy Minister for Water, Jumaa Aweso
Rural Water Supply
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh has announced waiver of the pending penalty on electricity bills of farmers, payment of their fifty percent pending electricity bills, arrangement for payment of electricity bills by farmers twice in a year, extension of benefit of Deen Dayal Upchar Yojana to farmers owning upto one hectare of land, additional bonus of Rs. 100 per quintal on procurement of wheat on minimum support price this year. The Chief Minister also announced to reduce the interest rate on cooperative farm loans from seven to five percent from April one next.
Water availability for agriculture was estimated to go down by up to 12% from the current level by 2025 if remedial measures were not taken, Indian Council of Agricultural Research director general Mangala Rai warned. "The water availability for agriculture is projected to be 10-12% of what is now available,' he said while inaugurating the Krishi Vigyan Mela here. Mr Rai said farmers would, in fact, require 25% more water in 2025 than what they are consuming currently to produce food grains for feeding the domestic population.
To deal with water scarcity in Sai Khurd in Suchetgarh, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Ch. Gharu Ram today laid foundation of a Bore Well at Sai Khurd to be completed at a cost of Rs. 80.41 lakh under Water Supply Scheme, the well will have capacity of drawing 20000 gallons of underground water per hour. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Minister said that on the commissioning the well, large population of Nikowal, Sai Khurd, Sardari Camp and Saisar would be benefited. He said that the government was fully aware with the problems of border belts and taking keen to provide basic amenities to people. For this purpose, the government has provided sufficient funds in every sector so that development schemes could be implement across the state. Later, the Minister attended concluding function of 4-day crop wheat awareness camp which was organised by Farmers Field School under Macro Management (CSS) at Sai Khurd.
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