(Breaking News) Central Government Approves Rs 7,266 Crore Special Package For Bundelkhand
Central Government Approves Rs 7,266 Crore Special Package For Bundelkhand
The war-of-words between UP chief minister Mayawati and the Congress is set
to intensify with the Union Cabinet on Thursday approving a special package of
Rs 7,266 crore for drought relief and integrated development of the Bundelkhand
region through which Congress is trying to regain its lost ground in Uttar
Pradesh. After the meeting, I&B minister Ambika Soni said, "The scheme will be
implemented over three years in seven districts of UP and six districts of
Madhya Pradesh." Keen on spending the money by the next assembly elections, the
UPA government has also set up a monitoring group -- with members of the
Planning Commission in-charge of UP and MP as chairperson and co-chairperson and
the chief secretaries of UP and MP as members -- to oversee the implementation
of the package.
"A central team had submitted its report in April 2008, recommending a Rs
8,316 crore package. The cabinet has approved a Rs 7,266 crore package," Soni
The package aims to develop 7 lakh hectares of land in UP and four lakh
hectares in MP with watershed development measures. An additional 60,000
hectares of forest areas in UP and 2 lakh hectares of forest areas in MP will be
taken up for integrated conservation and management of rainfall, soil, and
biomass in the natural sequence of watershed treatment.
Around 20,000 new wells in each state will be dug and 30,000 farm ponds
constructed to store rain-water for providing irrigation as part of the package.
A part of the cost of the package will be met by converging resources from
ongoing central programmes and schemes. To meet the gaps in availability of
financial resources and provide a thrust to the drought mitigation package, an
additional plan central assistance to the tune of Rs 3,450 crore will be
provided to MP and UP over a period of three years beginning from 2009-10. The
Cabinet also approved a proposal for re-inclusion of cotton seed as an essential
commodity for a period of six months under the Essential Commodities Act or till
the Seed Bill is passed by Parliament.
Now, the government would be empowered to regulate production, quality and
distribution of cotton seed.
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