Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday inspected the ongoing drilling works for groundwater schemes taken up by the minor irrigation department at Sinam Kom and Sanjenlok villages to enhance irrigation in the state.
In all, 550 groundwater tube-wells and 375 surface irrigation schemes would be constructed in different parts of the state with the funds from the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana - Har Khet Ko Pani (PMKSY-HKKP).
Foundation stones for these irrigation facilities were laid by the chief minister in a function held at City Convention Centre on August 28, 2020.
Interacting with the villagers, the chief minister said that nothing is possible without water whether it may be agriculture, horticulture or fishery.
The state government has taken up a major project to install 550 groundwater tube-wells and construct 375 surface minor irrigation schemes across the state to enhance irrigation with funds from the centre. This would definitely enable hard working people to easily practice activities like agriculture, horticulture, fishery among others, he said.
Saying that the state government has formed different committees to enhance production in these sectors, the chief minister assured that he would instruct these committees to visit the area to identify suitable crops for them.
Biren also urged the villagers to produce only organic products as there is high demand for organic products outside the state. He said that villagers need not worry for market anymore as the government would buy all their produces. “The recently passed Farm Bills would also enable the farmers to sell their produces directly to the market instead of selling it to the middlemen,” he added.
The chief minister also informed that two and a half hectare each of land have been identified in Jiribam and Khudengthabi for plantation of palm trees.
Urging the villagers not to cut down trees, he promised that the government would provide gas connection under Ujjwala Yojana for which he also asked the village secretary to make a list and submit it to the government.
Commissioner, minor irrigation, Jacintha Lazarus; chief engineer, minor irrigation, H Brajendra and other high ranking officials also accompanied the chief minister during the visit.