Move to harvest rainwater under MGNREGS

: In an attempt at harvesting rainwater, the government has allowed digging of 3,500 ponds in private farms in the district under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Collector C.Samayamoorthy said in a press release that Dalits, small and marginal farmers, who have been selected by the gram sabhas as beneficiaries, will get Rs.1.50 lakh worth manpower for digging the farm ponds. Interested/selected farmers may contact the Assistant Agriculture Officer and the Block Development Officer concerned and submit their applications.

On receiving proposals from these officials, representatives from the Department of Rural Development will inspect the spot and prepare the estimate. After technical sanction, the Collector will give the administrative sanction for digging.

While the village panchayat president concerned will supervise the work, the Assistant Engineer from the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Supervisor from the Department of Rural Development and Assistant Agricultural Officer from the Department of Agriculture will monitor the work.

“Besides using the water stored in these ponds at the time of scarcity, farmers can also use this water bodies for pisciculture that will ensure additional revenue to them during non-farming seasons.”