CM launches irrigation project
PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar said on Friday that the government had prepared the state’s agriculture development plan for implementation till 2022, which would increase agricultural productivity.
He was launching the pilot project of Bihar Shatabdi Niji Nalkoop Yojana (BSNNY) in Sarairanjan block of Samastipur district. The scheme is also under implementation in Nalanda district. Under the project, farmers are given Rs 12,000 for installing a private tubewell and Rs 10,000 for a pump set as one-time assistance to facilitate irrigation facilities.
The CM said there was huge demand from among farmers for shallow tubewells and pump sets. The government had decided to provide assistance for 12,000 shallow tubewells during the current fiscal. Farmers had the option to take assistance money both for shallow tubewells and pump sets.
Stating that irrigation was the most important input for increased agricultural productivity, he said the government had formed a separate agriculture cabinet to take up plans and projects to achieve a substantially increased production of cereals and all other crops in the state.
The function to launch the BSNNY pilot project was held on the premises of Kedar Sant Ramashray Mahavidyalaya. Prominent among those who also addressed the gathering were water resources development minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary and industries minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha.
Besides them, MPs Maheshwar Hazari, Ashwamedh Devi as well as former ministers Ramnath Thakur, Ramlakhan Mahto and Sita Sinha, along with former MP Ramsewak Hazari and a host of present and former MLAs, also addressed the meet.