Nabakrushna Choudhury Secha Unnayan Yojana in Odisha
The Nabakrushna scheme is dedicated towards the farmers. It will mainly help them enhance the irrigation process so that the farmers are less dependent on rainfall for growing crops.
This scheme has got the approval of the cabinet. It is named after the famous freedom fighter and social reformer Nabakrushna Choudhury. The approval of the scheme also took place a day before the birthday of Nabakrushna Choudhury, on 23rd November 2017.
Features of the scheme
- Objective: The main aim of this scheme is to strengthen the irrigation channels across the state and to revive the canals for this purpose.
- Land providing: The government will also provide 55,000 hectares of land for this purpose – which farmers can use for irrigation and agricultural purpose.
- How to enhance irrigation: To make the irrigation channels stronger they will ensure that the canals are better utilized. So a lot of resources shall be allocated to the improving of canal systems.
- Projects to begin: In the coming year you can expect the government to establish about 15 new Mega Lift irrigation projects across the state.
- Major and minor projects: 46296 hectares will be under 14 major and medium range irrigation projects while 284 minor irrigation projects will be run across the state.
- Canal creation: 8719 hectares of new ayacuts shall be created by extending the canals – from 6 existing projects. These projects are all of medium to major size.
Need for the scheme
The farmers of the state are heavily reliant upon the weather conditions. Drought and floods can affect the state of produce in the state. Although irrigation projects were previously constructed, some of them have not been used to their utmost potential. This is because recently the state faced a siltation in their reservoirs. Also the distribution system was not up to the mark. This is why many old projects failed to produce the desired results. Through this scheme, the government will revive the old projects again.
This scheme will start up with an initial budget of Rs. 635 crore. This amount has been allocated for the next three years. As the process progresses, more funds can be allocated in future, if needed.
The state government is expecting to get about Rs. 6000 crores from the tender project. This amount will be utilized to its optimal capacity during the budgetary provision of 2018-19.
This scheme has the potential to transform the irrigation channels and revive the canals of the state. It takes 6 months usually to process the tender. Hence, more information about the exact amount required could not be found. However, this scheme will be put into works very soon.