The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the Foundation Stone for the revival of North Koel (Mandal Dam) project, Kanhar Sone pipeline irrigation scheme, and strengthening of various irrigation systems and lining works. These projects are cumulatively worth over 3500 crore rupees.
Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister said that these projects are a key part of the Government’s effort to raise farmers’ incomes, by lowering the cost of irrigation.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the North Koel (Mandal Dam) project has remained incomplete for nearly 47 years. He said this amounts to criminal negligence towards the farmers of this area. He reiterated his commitment to make an honest effort to solve the problems faced by farmers. He said 99 big irrigation projects, which have been stalled for decades, are now being fast tracked, at a cost of almost 90,000 crore rupees. He said that the Union Government is working firmly with the vision of treating farmers as “Annadaata.” The Prime Minister said that the Government is working with a new vision for agriculture and farmers, by trying to fundamentally solve problems associated with agriculture.