Patnaik Slams WR Sector

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik today slammed the BJD Government for poor management of river water which is leading to farmers' suicide in the state.

Mr.Patnaik, who was Minister Irrigation in 80's and is having deep knowledge on Water Resources Management pointed out that the State Government is planning many projects for irrigating farm land and spending thousands of crores, but farmers are committing suicide because of crop failure,.

He said Government of Chhattisgarh has constructed several barrages and dams over River Mahanadi due to which Odisha may become a dry state in the near future.

During 2015-16, farmers were heavily burdened because of crop loss in many parts of the state as there was deficit rain and drought-like situation, the OPCC President said.
Mr.Patnaik reeling out stats said that at least 27 of the 30 districts of the state were affected.

To tackle the situation, a number of deep bore wells are being dug at different parts.
But those are not able to irrigate the affected areas. Many farmers faced crop loss and could not repay loan and committed suicide, he claimed.

During October 2016, a Report submitted to the State Government had mentioned that 41 farmers had committed suicide.

A government report states that Rs 7,727 crore had been spent during 2016-17 for irrigation projects.

 It was hiked to Rs 9,216 crore in 2017-18 and in 2018-19 the projected expenditure is Rs 10,196 crore, Mr.Patnaik said.
The PCC Chief also sought to know if the state government is prepared to face the situation in case a drought like condition arises this year.

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