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Dec 2014

DCF TO BE A VITAL PART OF CM’S DROUGHT-FREE STATE INITIATIVE
5:50 pm UTC

MUMBAI: True to his promise to farmers in the State, Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis gave a call for ‘Per Drop-More Crop’ at the launch of the ‘Jalayukta Shivar Abhiyan’ to make Maharashtra a drought-free state.

The CM also made a landmark announcement of centralizing all different agencies in the State working on the water issue under one umbrella.

According to Fadnavis, the Delivering Change Foundation (DCF), which has done significant work on the water issue, will be central to this government initiative.

Fadnavis said, “DCF, through its water lab, has done extensive study on the issue, which will be highly useful to solve the water problem in the State. There is a need for a third party audit to maintain transparency and DCF will do a third party audit of this programme. Soon, the State will issue a formal notification in this regard,” he added. The government is also planning to set up a Delivering Management Office under the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and the transformation committee headed by the CM will keep a close watch on the programme.

The CM said that DCF has carried out extensive study on the quest of water and has prepared a plan in this direction which would turn out to be very useful in solving the water problem in the State.

He exuded confidence that if everyone works responsibly and implements the projects well in time, the State would definitely be drought-free soon.

The special workshop was held on Friday at the Sahyadri guest house, which was attended by Divisional Commissioners, Collectors, and Zilla Parishad chief officers.

Rural Development and Water Conservation Minister Pankaja Munde, State minister Vidya Thakur and social workers Anna Hazare and Popatrao Pawar were also present as special guests.

Addressing the press, Fadnavis said that presently different departments like water irrigation, water sanitation, water treatment, rural development, social welfare and Jivan Pradhikaran were working separately for the same cause. The CM admitted that it was now time to consolidate the separate efforts under the banner of the Jalayukta Shivar Abhiyan to solve water-related problems.

The chief minister lamented that there was an acute shortage of water in the State and in the last decade, the State had witnessed drought for at least five years. In the last five years the State has already spent Rs 5,000 crore on different water-related schemes. Also, the issue of water conservation is equally important. Therefore to arrive at a constructive conclusion different bodies will now work under one umbrella and all efforts carried out during this drive will be displayed on the website.

Fadnavis instructed all district collectors to take stock of the water scenario in their respective districts and contribute their efforts as a guiding torch to give proper direction to the drive.

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“The Delivering Change Foundation (DCF), through its water lab, has done extensive study on the issue, which will be highly useful to solve the water problem in the State. There is a need for a third party audit to maintain transparency and DCF will do a third party audit of this programme. Soon, the State will issue a formal notification in this regard,” CM Fadnavis said.

The government is also planning to set up a Delivering Management Office under the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and the transformation committee headed by the CM will keep a close watch on the programme. The CM said that DCF has carried out extensive study on the quest of water and has prepared a plan in this direction which would turn out to be very useful in solving the water problem in the State. He exuded confidence that if everyone works responsibly and implements the projects well in time, the State would definitely be drought-free soon.

Quote-unquote
The government has spent thousands of crores on different water-related projects but they have not yielded results. If the efforts are not yielding results, then, we have to understand that there are some technical faults and the government has to solve them.
Before implementation of any project, the government should first take the permission of Gram Sabha.
— Anna Hazare, Social Worker

Water conservation is planning for future and we have to concentrate on that. We can successfully implement the plans for water budgeting.
We have to implement integrated projects for water conservation. Government officials have to contribute properly for making the projects technically efficient.
— Pankaja Munde, Minister, Rural Development and Water Conservation

The State is constantly losing the ecological balance and it is a major reason for the water scarcity. At present, 82 per cent of farmers have only five acres of land.
If we want to work positively to conserve water, then, we should decide the crop pattern first. There is a need to establish a special mechanism to conserve water.
— Popatrao Pawar, Sarpanch, Hivare Bazar, Ahmednagar

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