Times of India | 1 month ago | 08-12-2022 | 08:11 am
Mumbai: Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday directed officials to chart a plan for the revival of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan (JSA). Shinde said that priority must be given to works of removing silt from rivers and streams. Shinde held a meeting with the soil and water conservation department officials. The Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan was launched by the erstwhile BJP-led government under then CM Devendra Fadnavis. The scheme, which was one of Fadnavis’s pet projects, was stopped after the Maha Vikas Aghadi formed government in the state. Officials said that in the re-launched version, the JSA 2.0 will now include around 5,000 new villages. Works related to water conservation which include deepening and widening of water bodies, construction of small check dams and construction of farm ponds will take place, officials said.“Water availability, planning and irrigation facilities are important issues. Therefore, more watershed development works should be undertaken. This creates locally assured and large area irrigation potential. It has been found that the Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan has also benefited people greatly. Plans should be made to speed up this campaign. The department should plan to spend the available financial provision on time and for quality works, for this, coordination should be done with our field systems, engineers etc,” CM Shinde said at the meeting. On this occasion, matters such as speedy administrative approval of the proposals submitted by the department, expediting the recruitment process of vacant posts for strengthening the department were also discussed.