Uma Bharti assures Centre’s support to Arunachal Pradesh, says state marching on right track

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Itanagar, February 11: Union Water Resource, River Development and Rejuvenation of Ganga Minister Uma Bharti, who was on two day visit to Itanagar ,assured all possible help to Arunachal Pradesh.

Bharti assured this during an hour-long meeting with Chief Minister NabamTuki at the latter’s office on Monday which was attended by Civil Supplies and WRD Minister Kamlung Mossang, WRD Parliamentary Secretary Gum Tayeng, Additional Secretary GoI Dr. Amarjit Singh, Commissioner to CM Thajom Taloh, Secretary WRD Gaken Ete, Chief Engineer WRD L Angu and other departmental officers.
Tuki while briefing the union minister said that the state government has been putting lot of effort in maximizing the green cover by providing alternatives to the farmers to wean away the traditional dependence on forest.
Irrigation is one major alternative through which farmers would be localized at a permanent agricultural land with assured irrigation facilities; he said and requested Uma Bharti to consider for central grant under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme to the tune of Rs 200 Cr to the state for the year 2015-16, news agency The Arunchal Times reported.
Chief Minister further requested the visiting dignitary to reconsider the funding pattern on Command Area Development & Water Management programme to 90:10 from the existing 50:50 ratio of state and central share.
He reasoned that the State has unique topography as compared to the plain States of India and the investment cost per hectare for Command Area Development & Water Management programme is much higher than that of other States.
Revealing that Arunachal Pradesh is in the safe zone with respect to extraction of ground water which is barely 0.07% as compare to 58% national average, Tuki requested the Ministry of Water Resource to launch a special central programme to exploit ground water which could substantially meet up the drinking and irrigation requirement of the people.
He disclosed that the State is ready with construction of 10,700 wells at the foot hill belt with an estimated cost of Rs. 550.00 crores and urged the Ministry to consider the project.
Chief Minister also requested to allocate enough central grants under Flood Management Programme for which 23 basin wise DPRs amounting to Rs. 574.86 crore have already been submitted to the ministry.
The Union Minister was also urged to expedite clearances of Hydro Electric Projects lying pending with various ministries.
Assuring all possible help and assistance, Uma Bharti extended gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for the warm hospitality rendered to her entourage.
She said that the state was marching ahead on right track and her Ministry would extend all possible assistance whenever sought for.

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