Jharkhand Views AP as Model in Minor Irrigation - The New Indian Express

Jharkhand Views AP as Model in Minor Irrigation

Published: 01st January 2014 08:33 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 08:33 AM

“Andhra Pradesh is the model state in development of minor irrigation and I am here to know and adopt its plans in my state,” Jharkhand water resources and social welfare minister Annapurna Devi has said.

Speaking to reporters after meeting minor irrigation minister TG Venkatesh at the Secretariat here on Tuesday, Devi said the central government had released huge funds for development of the minor irrigation sector in Jharkhand.

Annapurna Devi, while claiming that smaller states would develop faster, admitted that Jharkhand had not witnessed the expected development in the 13 years after it was carved out of Bihar and attributed it to political instability.

“The slow pace of development in Jharkhand is due to political instability. There is no single-party rule in Jharkhand. Usually, three or four parties would form coalition governments there. This has led to political instability in Jharkhand,” she explained but claimed that her state was developing in all spheres now.

Venkatesh said that the state government had plans to increase the ayacut under minor irrigation tanks from 20 lakh acres to 55 lakh acres by desilting the tanks. There were proposals to increase the ayacut under lift irrigation schemes from 11 lakh acres to 14 lakh acres, he added.

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