Drought will be top on Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s agenda during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday.
CM Kcr, who will be accompanied by senior state officials including those from the irrigation department, will lay stress on permanent measures to tackle drought and drinking water problems instead of temporary measures like supplying water through tankers, trains and giving compensation to drought-affected farmers year after year.
The PM had met the CMs of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra etc., last week on the drought issue and pointers from these meetings have come in handy for Mr Rao.Also suggested to the CMs to give priority to revival of small water bodies like tanks, lakes etc., and to focus on ensuring permanent solutions to the drinking water issue in states for which the Centre was willing to extend maximum financial assistance.
Interestingly, TS is already ahead of the other states in implementing both of the PM’s suggestions, thanks to Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha. While the first phase of Mission Kakatiya, to revive 9,500 tanks, was completed last year, Phase-II, to revive another 9,500, is going on this year.The Rs 40,000-crore Mission Bhagiratha, to supply tap water to each and every household in three years, has already started delivering results in parts of Medak and will soon cover parts of Warangal, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy.
The CM has readied reports on the progress of both these projects which will be submitted to the PM and if possible, KCR will also give a PowerPoint presentation.CM KCR will seek 50 per cent central funding for the Rs 25,000-crore Mission Kakatiya and the Rs 40,000-crore Mission Bhagiratha to find a permanent solution to the drought and drinking water problem in TS.