KCR asks officials to prepare irrigation plan for ST farmers

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao yesterday held meeting on utilisation of minor irrigation resources in ST areas in the State and asked government officials to prepare an action plan for effective use of minor irrigation water resources for agriculture in Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDA) areas and also at places where STs are in majority.

Holding the review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan, Rao said an integrated plan should be adopted for full fledged water supply for cultivation to ST farmers. He also instructed the officials to find out how much water was being supplied through major irrigation projects to them.

According to a release issued by the Chief Minister’s office, minor irrigation water resources like ponds and canals may be used for supply of water for cultivation.

The land in ITDA areas and ST habitations is uneven with hills and valleys and water can be supplied through pipelines for cultivation, the Chief Minister said during the meeting with MLAs and officials. He said check dams must be built wherever necessary.

NT Bureau