Staff Reporter

Project aims at bringing one crore acres under irrigation

HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to have expressed the view that he is counting on Andhra Pradesh in achieving the National Irrigation Mission's (NIM) target of bringing one crore hectares of land (2.5 crore acres) in the country under the plough. This was stated by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy while talking to presspersons after seeing off the Prime Minister at the airport on Tuesday.

Dr. Reddy said the Prime Minister had told him that the State's `jalayagnam' would contribute significantly to the NIM's target. The latter is said to have expressed confidence in the State Government's capability to make sure that the allocation was spent well and on time to take the State forward to achieving the goal.

`Jalayagnam' aims at bringing 65 lakh acres under irrigation by completing major and minor irrigation projects at a whopping Rs. 65,000 crores.

Earlier, Governor Sushil Kumar Shinde, Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy, Chief Minister and others saw Dr. Manmohan Singh off. However, those waiting in the specially-created shamiana with bouquets in hand were disappointed, as the Prime Minister boarded the IAF aircraft after alighting from the helicopter in which he came from Shamshabad.