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New tariff not to hit farmers

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today made a slew of announcements here to benefit farmers. He said the recent upward revision of power tariff would not affect the farmers and the government would reimburse the same to the MPSEB.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 13:54 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today made a slew of announcements here to benefit farmers. He said the recent upward revision of power tariff would not affect the farmers and the government would reimburse the same to the MPSEB.

He said that grants would be provided to farmers for construction of ponds in agricultural fields. A Rs one lakh ‘Jal Ratna Puraskar’ would be given for outstanding work in water conservation. A Groundwater Control Act would be enacted for water conservation like Goa and Tamil Nadu.

The State’s policy on water would also be reviewed, he added. Chouhan was addressing a public meeting after launching the statewide ‘Jalabhishek Abhiyan’ for water conservation at village Dudarsi in Neemuch district today.

He said that efforts would be made to provide Narmada water to Malwa region. Old lakes and ponds would be renovated and new ones constructed. Stop-dams would also be built. The endeavour would be to retain water in fields and villages. He called upon the people of Malwa to make the region pioneer in water conservation mission.

Chouhan reiterated the State Government’s commitment to welfare of farmers saying that the upward revision of power tariff by Electricity Regulatory Commission would not affect the farmers. The financial burden to be entailed on the MP State Electricity Board on this account would be reimbursed by the State Government.

The Chief Minister said that a minimum relief of Rs 500 would be provided to farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

He said that the State Government has decided to subsidised Mansarovar Yatra. The Chief Minister laid the foundation for construction of water structures to be taken up under Integrated Wastelands Development Programme at a cost of Rs 3 crore 11 lakh at village Dudarsi. Under this watershed area 5187-hectare land would be treated. Chouhan also participated in a Jalabhishek Yatra in the village.

Former Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa, Rural Development and Public Relations Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of State for Higher Education Tukojirao Pawar; Member of Parliament Laxaminarayan Pandey; MLA Dilip Singh Pariharalso also spoke on the occasion.