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Updated: March 25, 2013 02:45 IST

15,000 farm ponds to be created under MGNREGS

T. Ramakrishnan
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To be dug in eight delta districts at a cost of Rs. 181 crore

At a time when the State, particularly Cauvery delta region, is in the midst of a drought, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has come in handy for the government to order the creation of 15,000 farm ponds in eight delta districts.

The ponds are to be dug on lands of agriculturists who belong to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes; the category of small and marginal farmers and other groups approved under the scheme.

Wrapping up the debate in the Assembly on the Governor’s address in early February, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had announced that Rs. 181 crore would be sanctioned for the project.

As of now, work on 1,426 ponds has begun and in respect of the remaining ponds, it will begin in a matter of time, say officials at the Commissionerate of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RD&PR). As per the plan, by the end of May, the target - 15,000 ponds – will be achieved.

Making it clear that the project would have to be carried out through 100 per cent labour component of the scheme, an order issued by the State RD & PR Department last month reiterated that no machinery would be allowed.

Beneficiary-land owners should be job card holders and only registered workers could be employed. Social audit through the respective gram sabhas would be an integral feature and the maintenance of the ponds would rest with the beneficiary-households.

Regarding the capacity of farm ponds, the officials say the department is for building deeper ponds to minimise the use of farm land and evaporation loss.

Regarding the permissible number of ponds per farmer, an official explains that the critical issue is the ceiling of Rs. 1.5 lakh for every beneficiary. Nothing stops anyone to have more than one pond on the land of a beneficiary-farmer provided the entire work can be completed within the amount of Rs. 1.5 lakh.

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The bane of our public life is that while we launch, with great fanfare, eye-catching, worthwhile projects we fail to maintain the ponds, the dams, the schools, the universities, the hospitals once they are completed and opened in time to grab the vote banks. A few years after the completion of these projects, the ponds and dams silt, the buildings crumble, the libraries are dereft of books and computers, the hospitals are left with no medicines to dispense..... When will our politicians and bureaucrats learn the lessons of these enormous wasteful expenditures?

from:  mohansingh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2013 at 21:34 IST

It may be nice to have a 1 mile length ponds per 100000 population on
one end and a garbage recycling plant on another end of every town. They
need to be maintained well. I think during drought time the pond will
become empty. There may be some plan for that.

from:  smk
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 17:55 IST

A wonderful initiative to recharge ground water and to help irrigate better. Hats off. India needs these kind of initiative to create and protect ponds to make sure water resource is safe.

from:  Jacques
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 12:18 IST

As a concept it is good. But the investment such as it may be must be for the long
term. It is known that a very large number of Ponds have silted and have become
useless. The aim should be to restore them, not just create new "holes" on some
unused land. It has to be for the long term. The aim should not just be to use the
funds to pay distressed farmers alone. While that should be the primary aim, the
long term benefit to a community, while providing elief to an individual family in the
short term.

from:  vram
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 09:54 IST

Excellent scheme by our Loudable CM. It is an example of how useful things that will benefit the mass public can be created by adopting this kind of works in rural areas with the MGNREGS. This achieves double benefit of creating the employeement and creating the public utility for the forming community itself. Very Good scheme. Similarly our TN. GOVt can plant trees on the road sides, along the bunda of ponds and lakes and on waste lands to create some fresh green cover to protect the environment using the MGNREGS.

I hope some one from GOVT. authorities considers it as a simple suggesstion and implement it.

from:  C.ELUMALAI
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 08:51 IST

ponds ,lakes , should be created in all districts so that rainwater goes
and gets stored. all lakes should be removed from encroachments and
government departments should not build on lakes,

from:  balap
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 03:40 IST
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