Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani today offered shramdan at Vaghjipur village pond in Shahera taluka of Panchmahals district as part of the state-wide month-long campaign of deepening 13,000 ponds, check dams and riverbeds under the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan-2018 with the help of 4,000 JCB machines and 12,000 tractors-dumpers to create 11,000-lakh cubic feet additional water storage capacity.
He also inaugurated or laid foundation stone of 12 development projects for the district worth Rs.50-crore on the occasion. He distributed buttermilk and saris to the volunteers offering shramdan as a token of goodwill.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani said the water conservation campaign is not election-oriented but to free the state from the spectre of drought, to provide employment under MNREGA, and to let farmers takeaway fertile clay dug up from water bodies for their farms. The campaign is also to cleanse 5,000 km of canal network and revive 32 rivers.
The Panchamrit Dairy of Panchmahals presented a cheque of Rs.21-lakh, and Mr. Bhavyakant Shah in his individual capacity a cheque of Rs.15-lakh to the Chief Minister.
Ohers who spoke on the occasion were MLA Jethabhai Bharwad, Collector Udit Agrawal and DDO A.J. Shah.
Prominent among those present there included Minister of State for Panchayat Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Gujarat State Women’s Commission Chairperson Lilaben Ankolia, Maninagar Swaminarayan Mandir Sants Yogpriyadasji and Premswarupdasji, MP Prabhatsinh Chauhan, District Panchayat President Ketuben Desai, MLAs C.K. Raulji and Sumanben Chauhan.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat