From The Desk of Mr. Yogesh Verma: Mumbai BJP Spokespersons and President of Yuva Bharat Foundation
Agriculture which forms the backbone of state’s economy was affected by drought for four consecutive year. “Drought like condition” was declared in 14,708 villages. Nearly 90 lakh farmers were impacted by drought that devastated kharif crop and Maharashtra was declared as suicide capital due maximum number of farmer’s suicide cases. Erratic monsoon, high debt burdens, genetically modified crops, public mental health, personal issues and family problems added up to their agony. It was apparent that in order to change situation a strong political will is necessary.
“Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan” is a flagship program of Maharashtra Government and CM Shri. Devendra Fadnavis to make Maharashtra drought free by 2019 aiming at making 5000 villages free of water scarcity every year by
- Broadening and deepening river base,
- Removing silt from lakes, ponds, farm ponds, and canals which prevents water percolation.
- Building check dams, canals, small ponds, and wells (individual and community).
- Tree plantation. Etc.
This Abhiyaan will target 25,000 villages in five years. Till now, 1,20,485 works have been completed in the 6,200 villages which have been chosen in the first phase. In close to 3,000 villages, over 4,000 works worth Rs 300 crore were done through people’s participation. Decentralisation of power is the secret of the administrative success the scheme has achieved so far. Collector has been given complete power to implement the programme at district level. Its effect has started wherever work is done.
No doubt political will is major factor in the success of this programme and definitely credit also goes to our CM Devendra Fadnavis under whose able leadership 15 lakh hectares of land is brought under irrigation of 25 lakh hectares. The audit report of the total work completed and how much land will get irrigated shows results that surpass the target set by the state government. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated CM for his mammoth success in implementation of this scheme. Surely we can expect “acche din” ahead for farmers of Maharashtra.
Most commendable thing that Devendra did was he involved people through awareness and ensured their participation in upliftment of society. People from various wings and corporates wholeheartedly came forward to work towards the implementation of this programme. We could actually feel the cause when we organised North Mumbai Marathon through our Yuva Bharat Foundation to raise help for ailing farmers. It was definitely one of the heartfelt moment of my life.
If we see today’s scenario , many rivers have flooded and if we are able to harvest this water and are able to help raise the water level of land then definitely complete dependency on monsoon rains can be eliminated. Micro-irrigation and watershed management programme is soul of this project. This flagship project of our CM is undoubtedly a boon for farmers and is aimed at bringing prosperity and surety of better life for them and their families. It is sad to see farmers who are backbone of country to commit suicide and their families suffer. This government definitely has intentions for the betterment and upliftment of society.