Need to link MNREGA with farm sector: CM
Announcing that the state government would allow bigger projects under MNREGA, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that more awareness was required for honest implementation of the schemes under it because linking it with farm sector could help in doubling income of farmers.
“There was large-scale corruption in the schemes under MNREGA. But the government has now plugged all loopholes and its result is visible. The only motive of the government is to double the income of farmers by 2022,” Yogi said while addressing a MNREGA convergence workshop ‘Linking MNREGA with farming’, in Lucknow on Thursday.
The Chief Minister said that officials should launch awareness drive about schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act so that they were implemented with total honesty.
“Of the total 260 MNREGA works, 164 are in agriculture sector. If farmers had knowledge about them and the schemes were implemented with honesty, the agriculture sector scenario would have been different now,” he said.
Yogi said that depleted groundwater level and pollution in rivers were affecting agriculture sector.
“The MNREGA can help in reviving the dead rivers and water bodies. At least 222 blocks came under dark zones but no one gave a thought to this problem but it could be solved through MNREGA. Shining examples were in Bhadohi, Bareilly, Mirzapur, Chitrakoot and Azamgarh where local rivers were revived through MNREGA schemes,” Yogi said.
The Chief Minister also talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to double farmers’ income by 2022.
“The MNREGA can be a game changer. It can help farmers double their income because it not only talks about building infrastructure but also can help in building resources like reservoir and ponds,” he said.
Talking about the problem of stray animals damaging standing crops, Yogi said: “People have started talking about it after the government launched drive against illegal slaughterhouses. Now the government is constructing Gau Sadan in all nagar nigams and district headquarters to house these stray animals.”
The Chief Minister added that these Gau Sadans had started functioning in Lalitpur, Kanpur and Banda and were run by the locals.
Minister of State for Rural Development, Mahendra Singh, highlighted the schemes and projects launched by the government to benefit farmers and rural sectors.
Agriculture Production Commissioner Prabhat Kumar said the state government would organise similar workshops to link MNREGA schemes with farming in other parts of the state, including Meerut, Jhansi and Gorakhpur.
“We will send all suggestions coming in this workshop to NITI Aayog for effective implementation,” he said.
The workshop in Lucknow was attended by farmers from 25 districts of Lucknow, Allahabad, Faizabad, Devipatan, Kanpur and Azamgarh divisions.
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