In a major boost to the irrigation sector in Telangana, the Niti Aayog has recommended a Rs 5,000-crore grant for Mission Kakatiya, the programme aimed at reviving village tanks and lakes in the state. This was disclosed by Union water resources minister Uma Bharati to irrigation minister T Harish Rao on Tuesday.
Hailing the programme as a `game changer’, the water resources ministry agreed to expedite the release of funds. Harish Rao, along with chief secretary Rajiv Sharma and irrigation special chief secretary Shailendra Kumar Joshi met Uma Bharati on Tuesday in New Delhi and requested increase of central share for Devadula project.
The project was origi nally developed under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (AIBP) with 25 per cent central share. Citing the backwardness of the region and naxal menace in the project area, Harish Rao requested the Centre to increase its share to 60 per cent of the project cost. If agreed, the Centre will need to release an additional Rs 2,000 crore for the project.
“We have requested re laxation of fiscal responsibility and budget management (FRBM) rules with regard to 11 irrigation project that were selected under Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana programme.The Union minister agreed to take up the issue with Union finance minister,“ Harish Rao told media persons.
eenadu news paper 26-10-2016: http://epaper.eenadu.net