Sunday, January 26th, 2020

We could not utilize our own share of the waters

INVC NEWS Haryana, The Union Minister for Transport and Water Resources, Mr Nitin Gadkari, said today that three dams would be constructed in Uttarakhand to stop the unutilized share of India in the river waters from flowing back to Pakistan. Addressing the 3rd Agri Leasdership Summit-2018 on the concluding day in Rohtak today, Mr Gadkari said water thus saved would be brought to Haryana through Yamuna to overcome the shortage, and feed the parched lands in the state. It will be taken to other states also. On the occasion, Union Minister of Steel, Ch. Birender Singh, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Dev Vrat, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar, Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr Manish Kumar Grover, MLA ,Mr Naresh Kaushik and MP, Vijay Pal were present. During Partition, India got three rivers, but we could not utilize our own share of the waters which kept flowing back to Pakistan. Now, the present Central Government has decided to stop the flow of the country’s due share into Pakistan and utilize it to feed our parched lands. Mr Gadkari said the Central Government had taken several steps to utilize the water flowing waste into the ocean. Through drip irrigation, the farmers would get three times more water which would result in more than doubling the production. The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, has assured the farmers of the country one-and-a-half times the cost of production of crops as MSP and we will achieve it at any cost. In order to increase the income of farmers, the Prime Minister had called a meeting today and he was coming straight to the Summit after attending the meeting. While congratulating the Haryana Government and the Agriculture Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar, on the success of the third Agri Leadership Summit, Mr Gadkari said this would give farmers a broader perspective, provide them direction and techniques, and offer the benefits of research. The farmers of the state have made a huge contribution to the country’s grain stock. But the fate of farmers cannot be changed with the production of wheat and rice only. “I am myself a farmer and know well the situations the farmers of the country pass through”, he said. Now, time has come to change the attitude of the farmers. They should diversify into cash crops and explore the possibility of making bio-diesel from crop residue. In Maharashtra, 55 Volvo buses are running on bio-diesel. The farmers of Haryana can use crop residue for making bio-diesel. Mr Gadkari said plan had been drawn to set up 1,000 industries for making bio-diesel in the country out of which 100 would be set up in Haryana. These will provide direct and indirect employment of about five lakh people of the state, Mr Gadkari added. Addressing the Summit, the Union Minister of Steel, Mr Birender Singh, said the condition of farmers remained a major concern of our Prime Minister and he was working for their welfare. Several decisions have been taken by him to double the income of farmers. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Dev Vrat, and Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar, also spoke on this occasion.

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