Staff Reporter

Minister lays stress on transparency

  • Says projects should be completed in a time-bound manner
  • Lays stress on irrigation projects benefiting farmers

    Staff Reporter

    Thiruvananthapuram: Financial resources will not be a constraint in taking up irrigation projects that are financially and technically viable, Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran has said.

    Inaugurating a technical seminar organised by the Kerala Irrigation Engineers Association here on Friday, the Minister said drastic changes were needed in the methods being followed in implementing irrigation projects.

    The procedures in inviting tenders for irrigation projects needed to be changed in view of the communication revolution.

    Transparency had to be ensured and the projects should be completed in a time-bound manner for preventing cost escalation.

    "If it is not done, the aversion of people towards the department will continue and importance of the department will erode," Mr. Premachandran said.

    He stressed the need for steps to ensure that water from irrigation projects in the State reached the farmers. "Irrigation projects have now become major sources of drinking water in the State."

    Mr. Premachandran stressed the need to ensure transparency and efficiency and completing irrigation projects in a time-bound manner.

    The association should take the lead in preparing a document in this regard. The Government would take all steps in implementing it, he added.

    The demands of the association would be looked into in a judicious way. "The Government will not take a partisan approach on the special rules and it will be implemented through talks and consensus."

    Association secretary, South Zone, Maju Balakrishnan was among those who spoke. Top officials of the Irrigation Department and engineers above the grade of Assistant Engineers attended.