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In last 5 years, Gujarat got over half the Central irrigation funds

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 21, 2019 Published on June 21, 2019

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Gujarat has cornered the lion’s share of central funds allocated for irrigation schemes in the last five years, according to a formal reply in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

The State got central assistance worth ₹2,074 crore, or nearly 56 per cent of the total ₹3,772 crore spent for Command Area Development and Water Management (CADWM) between 2014-15 and 2018-19, said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in reply to questions from Congress MPs Amee Yajnik and Husain Dalwai. Besides, Gujarat received another ₹1,200 crore, which is nearly 12 per cent of the funds allotted for another scheme Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) during the same period. The Centre sanctioned a total of ₹10,249 crore for the PMKSY scheme between 2014-15 and 2018-19. States which received more funds than Gujarat under the PMKSY scheme were Andhra Pradesh (₹1,674 crore), Karnataka (₹1,323 crore) and Maharashtra (₹1,313 crore).

According to the Minister, a total of 103 districts in six States were declared drought-hit in 2018-19 and allocated ₹8,171 crore cumulatively for drought relief, against the States’ total demand of ₹22,771 crore. However, the drought was less widespread than in 2015-16, which had adversely impacted 259 districts.

In Maharashtra, where 26 districts were affected by severe drought, got ₹4,714 crore central relief, while Rajasthan (nine drought-hit districts) got ₹1,207 crore. Karnataka where as many as 30 districts were parched during both kharif and rabi seasons received ₹949.49 crore, though the State had sought a relief of ₹2,434 crore, the reply said.

Published on June 21, 2019
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