No move to nationalize rivers: Union Minister : The Tribune India
Dharamsala, March 4
Union Minister of State for Agribusiness Prahlad Singh Patel said the Union government had no plan to infringe on states’ rights and nationalize the rivers.
Addressing a press conference here today, the minister said the budget presented by the Union government this year was futuristic and aimed to take India forward for the next 25 years. In the budget, the government kept Rs 60,000 crore under the Jal Jeevan mission to provide piped water to all households in the country. There was no cap or grant under the project and states can withdraw as much funds as possible by submitting project reports.
A project was being designed to adopt the technology to deliver water to snowy areas of the state even in winter when the pipes and the water in them freeze, he said. .
While answering a question regarding the Center for Interconnecting Rivers initiative, the Minister said that the Union government has retained a budget of Rs 42,000 crore for Interconnecting Rivers. However, the budget would be allocated to states that come to each other and submit a proposal to interconnect the rivers, overcoming their differences regarding the distribution of water resources. The Ken Betwa River Interconnection Project in UP and Madhya Pradesh was one such project approved by the Indian government, he said.
The government has planned to bring 25,000 km of new roads to the country in the new budget. A proposal has been mooted to declare an area of five kilometers on both sides of the Ganges as an organic farming corridor.
Say no to meeting the ousted from Pong Dam
- On Friday, members of the Pong Dam Bandh Visthapit Samiti went to meet the Union Minister at Circuit House.
- HC Guleri, secretary general of the organization, said the minister refused to meet with them. The minister said the issue of evictions was very old and there was nothing he could do, Guleri alleged.