“Water conservation campaign with people’s cooperation to prove as philosopher’s stone for Gujarat’s development”
‘Pending works of the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan will be completed by June 8”
– Vijay Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani today said the works that remained incomplete in the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan will be completed by June 8, 2018.
Addressing the concluding function of the water conservation campaign of the Ahmedabad district at Dhandhuka, he said that 11,000-lakh cubic feet of additional water storage capacity being created will help the state accelerate at double speed. The campaign vindicates the adage that water is life; water is the basis of development, a measure of development — useful for all flora and fauna.
He said the campaign undertaken with people’s cooperation has generated huge quantity of loose soil/clay that will help increase agricultural production. Having launched the country’s biggest water conservation campaign, Gujarat has emerged as the leader. It entailed cleansing the state’s 5,500 km long canal network, including Ahmedabad’s Kharicut Canal.
In a rejoinder to the opposition charges of Rs.2,400-crore corruption as against this campaign’s total worth Rs.200-crore, Mr. Rupani said the Congress leaders see corruption even in dreams or else would not leveled such baseless charge. They had leveled similar charges of ‘purchase scandal’ in grass ‘distributed free’ in Banaskantha. It is no pre-poll campaign but pro-people initiative, keeping the requirements of future generations.
The campaign, which began with 527 JCB machines and 2,000 tractors-dumpers with the involvement of 27,000 workers, now deploys 4,600 JCB machines and 16,000 tractors-dumpers and employs 3-lakh workers.
Referring to the acute water-scarcity problem in Dhandhuka region, it is said ‘Dikri-ne banduke devi pun Dhandhuke na devi’. He said the district spent Rs.6-crore on water conservation campaign but entirely with people’s cooperation. The state government did not spend a rupee, he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gujarat In-charge Mr. Bhupendra Yadav hailed the state’s massive Jal Sanchay Abhiyan, keeping in line with Prime Minister’s political mantra of judicious use of natural resources. With monsoon round the corner, it is sure to be a boon. In effect, he said, the water conservation campaign is not concluding today but beginning. He complimented Chief Minister Mr. Rupani and his team for setting new milestones.
Mr. Rupani inaugurated a theme exhibition at the venue of the function and went round the galleries. He accompanied by Mr. Yadav performed the religious ritual of offering 108 pitchers full of Narmada water.
The village heads, sarpanchs, also hailed the campaign and thanked the government for the decision to buy chana (chickpea) at the support prices.
Ahmedabad Collector Mr. Vikrant Pandey the district exceeded the target of digging up 20-lakh cubic metres, creating job opportunity of 1.25-lakh man-days.
Mahamandaleshwar Bharti Bapu gave blessings to the state government for the campaign.
Those present on the occasion included Member of Parliament Devjibhai Fetupara, MLA Babubhai J. Patel, Bhupendrabhai Patel, BJP leader Bharatbhai Pandya, BJP District President R.C. Patel and District In-charge Secretary Ms Sunayna Tomar and other senior government officers.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat