SC, ST farmers get additional grant for electrification of irrigation pumps
RAIPUR: Three special development authorities working
for the socio-economic development of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe in
Chhattisgarh have been providing additional grant for the electrification of
unfeasible irrigation pumps of farmers of these categories.
During the current financial year 2014-15, these
authorities have sanctioned Rs 8.23 crore to 1,148 farmers for this purpose.
State government officers here on Sunday said that these authorities have so
far been sanctioned Rs 62.46 crore additional grant amount to 8,322 farmers for
the electrification of unfeasible irrigation pumps. Out of them, electric
connection has been given to 6,883 farmers for irrigation pumps.
As a result, the farmers have been getting good
irrigation facility in their fields for Rabi crops after cultivation of Kharif
crops. Officers said that the state government has been providing grant worth
Rs 75,000 per pump for the electrification of irrigation pumps of farmers. If
it is not possible to bring electric line to the field to give electric
connection to irrigation pumps with this grant amount, such pumps have been
classified as unfeasible pump. Hence, considering them as unfeasible pumps, these
authorities have decided to give additional grant amount for them.
This additional amount has been sanctioned in
different meetings of Scheduled Caste Development Authority, Sarguja and Uttar
Kshetra Aadivasi Vikas Pradhikaran and Bastar Evam Dakshin Kshetra Aadivasi
Vikash Pradhikaran, constituted and operated under the chairmanship of chief
minister Dr Raman Singh.
During the current financial year, the Scheduled Caste
Development Authority has sanctioned Rs 2.16 crore for 280 irrigation pumps,
Sarguja and Uttar Kshetra Aadivasi Vikas Pradhikaran Rs 1.78 crore for 300
irrigation pumps and Bastar Evam Dakshin Kshetra Aadivasi Vikash Pradhikaran
has sanctioned Rs 4.30 crore for electrification of 568 unfeasible irrigation
According to the officers, so far, the Scheduled Caste
Development Authority has sanctioned Rs 22.53 crore for 3,387 unfeasible
irrigation pumps under their jurisdiction; Sarguja and Uttar Kshetra Aadivasi
Vikas Pradhikaran Rs 7.88 crore for 1,605 irrigation pumps and Bastar Evam
Dakshin Kshetra Aadivasi Vikash Pradhikaran has sanctioned Rs 32 crore for
electrification of 3,330 pumps.