Press Releases

09 June 2020
 09 June 2020

  • Chandigarh June 9: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that in the last 12 years, the ground water table level has depleted drastically in the State, which is a very matter of serious concern in many areas. The water level, he said, has gone down even below 200 feet, the situation if not controlled in time, future generations would never forgive us. “To improve the underground water level, the government has launched the ‘Mera Pani-Meri Virasat Scheme’. Under this, the farmers are encouraged to diversify their crops to alternative crops instead of growing traditional paddy,” he asserted.
  • The Chief Minister said this while interacting with progressive farmers under the ‘Mera Pani-Meri Virasat’ scheme in Ratia in Fatehabad today. During the interaction, the Chief Minister also sought suggestions and feedback from farmers and assured for proper consideration of these suggestions. Later the Chief Minister also interacted with the media persons.
  • Addressing the farmers, Chief Minister said that the government is making serious efforts to bring water in SYL canal and Hansi-Butana canal. “Besides this, plans to bring water through other sources including Lakhwar Dam in Uttarakhand and Renuka Dam Project are also in progress. However, our focus, at present is to utilize the available water judiciously so as to save water for the future generations,” he said.
  • He said that around 4000 to 5000 liters of water is needed for sowing one kg of paddy, which leads to heavy water consumption and water wastage. He said that this condition has aroused because the last government has not paid any attention. As a result, the water table has depleted even below 200 feet.
  • “In order to save the underground water level, the State Government has now targeted to grow alternative crops including maize, cotton, pulses crops, millet, and fruits-vegetables, etc. in place of paddy on one lakh hectare land,” he added.
  • “So far, 42,000 farmers have registered themselves for not sowing paddy on 55,000 hectares of land in the State. An amount of Rs.7000 is being given by the State Government to the farmers’ who opt for sowing alternative crops in place of paddy,” he said.
  • However, he urged the farmers to adopt crop diversification for the purpose of saving water for the use of next generations, not merely for getting the incentive amount.
  • He said that the government has increased the Minimum Support Price of maize from Rs. 1760 to Rs. 1850 per quintal, due to which farmers who sow maize would get a benefit of at least Rs 10,500 per acre.
  • The Chief Minister said that for harvesting the land water 100 recharge bore well would be constructed each in three blocks of the State, including Ratia, Shahabad and Guhla respectively. Through these recharge wells rainwater would be harvested into the ground. An amount of Rs. 1.5 lakh would be spent on each recharge well; the water level of about 10 acres of land can be improved from one recharge well, he added.
  • Chandigarh, June 9 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that officers should work at field level to ensure that the benefits of public welfare schemes and various other types of services being run by the State Government should reach grassroots levels.
  • The Chief Minister said this while presiding over a meeting organized with the officers of District Administration in Ratia today.
  • In the meeting, the Chief Minister reviewed the arrangements made by the District Administration to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district. He congratulated the officers and the District Administration for adopting an effective strategy for the containment of COVID-19.
  • The Chief Minister said that due to the lockdown, the leaders and officers were not able to go to the field, but now as the lockdown restrictions are lifted, the officers while adhering to the social distancing norms and following other necessary guidelines should go to the field and address the public grievances on a priority basis.
  • He said that Corona Virus has adversely affected employment, and earning capacity of poor people. He said that considerable relaxation has been given by the government to strengthen the economic situation. Better health, electricity, water, traffic and other basic facilities should be made available to the public, he said.
  • The Chief Minister also gave necessary guidelines to the health department and related departments to open drug de-addiction centers in Ratia. Besides this, he also directed the irrigation department to keep a close vigil on water theft.
  • The Chief Minister was apprised that so far 44 Corona cases have been reported in the district out of which 15 patients have recovered and gone home. The remaining patients are under treatment. A survey of 1.82 lakh houses has been conducted in the district to check the Corona infection and for this; control rooms and COVID centres have been set up in the district. A mobile van has also been deployed to make people aware and to provide help to them.
  • It was further informed that medical checkup of 302 persons coming from other countries was also done, out of which two were found positive. Besides this, 5500 workers engaged in farming and other works have been sent to their home states.
  • Chandigarh, June 9 - Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said, “If we want to gift water to the future generations as an inheritance, then we will have to take the necessary measures now.”
  • He said that serious efforts are being made by State Government for water conservation and for this many effective schemes have been implemented. The objective of 'Mera Pani Meri Virasat' scheme is to motivate farmers to plant alternative crops instead of paddy so that they can make their valuable contributions towards the government's water conservation campaign.
  • The Chief Minister was interacting with the farmers’ of Sirsa block regarding 'Mera Pani-Meri Virasat scheme'. During the interaction, all wore masks and adhered to social distancing norms. The Chief Minister also answered the queries of farmers regarding this scheme and welcomed the valuable suggestions shared by the farmers.
  • The Chief Minister said, “The intention of the government is not to impose the scheme on the farmers, but to save depleting levels of underground water. In areas where the ground water level has gone below 40 meters, the farmers of those areas have been appealed not to plant paddy, so that water crisis does not arise in future and the farmers’ lands remains fertile.”
  • He shared that so far, under this scheme, farmers have agreed to adopt crop diversification in 55,000 hectare area and farmers are actively joining the water conservation campaign.
  • He said that so far under the 'Mera Pani-Meri Virasat Scheme' in Sirsa district, 5573 farmers have agreed to grow alternative crops. Farmers can adopt any crop or horticulture in place of paddy. “For this, the government is giving an incentive amount of Rs. 7,000 per acre, of which Rs 2,000 would be given to the farmer at the time of registration and the remaining Rs. 5,000 would be given when the crop is ready,” he informed.
  • Besides this, he also urged the farmers to use drip irrigation system under the Water Conservation campaign. He said that the famers would get 85 percent subsidy for adopting drip irrigation.
  • During the interaction, Neki Ram a farmer of Handi khera village in the district described the ‘Mera Pani-Mere Virasat Scheme as an effective scheme and suggested that serious effort should be made on the recharge method to bring the ground water level up and save water, so that there should be no water crisis in future. The Chief Minister praised his suggestion. Other farmers also shared their suggestions regarding water conservation. The Chief Minister assured the farmers that their suggestions will be incorporated in future.
  • He directed the Deputy Director, Agriculture, Horticulture Officer and other officers concerned to develop a demonstration Park in flood affected (Dakar) areas, prevent canal water theft, ensure equitable distribution of water and encourage more and more farmers regarding the scheme.
  • The Chief Minister said that in the fight against Corona, the administration as well as social organizations while remaining on front line has played an important role, because of which the present COVID-19 situation in the State is under control to a large extent. He said that this battle of Corona has to be fought and conquered together. Just as citizens have shown patience and given their cooperation in all phases of lockdown, similarly during ‘Unlock-1’ while adhering to the social distancing norms we have to make State and Country Corona free.