Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss and review the drought and water scarcity in the state.
“Had a productive meeting with UP CM on the drought situation in various parts of the state,” Modi tweeted after the meeting.
The various drought mitigation measures undertaken in the state were discussed extensively in the meeting.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2016
CM @yadavakhilesh & I discussed the need to effectively utilise the period before monsoon for water recharge and conservation efforts.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2016
Usage of latest technology & community participation, particularly of our Nari Shakti can play a key role in effective drought management.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2016
Yadav asked the centre to send tankers in large numbers to the parched Bundelkhand region for supply of water from dams and canals there.
“Water is available in Bundelkhand, dam is hardly 5kms away. We just have to make arrangements for distribution of water,” Yadav was quoted as saying by ANI post the meeting.
We apprised PM of situation, put forth our concerns regarding drought and also crop damage due to hailstorm: UP CM pic.twitter.com/sD85k3oytE— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 7, 2016
Yadav said the train sent to Jhansi in Bundelkhand region had no water in the wagons.
“The Bundelkhand region has many dams and canals where there is enough water. The requirement is to supply water from them,” he said, adding the state government is working in that direction.
Recently, Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha had directed all the Ministries dealing with the drought situation to release additional funds to the states as soon as the Finance Bill gets approved. He said it was necessary as the onset of monsoon is approaching soon.
He called for coordinated and integrated action plan by the Centre as well as the state governments.
The Centre asked states to take measures for optimally utilising and storing rainwater and also taking measures for water conservation.
Several states have raised issues like construction of farm ponds, community ponds, check dams and demanded early release of funds to take up the water harvesting measures on a priority basis.