Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, September 29
Andhra Pradesh will dig 2 lakh bore wells for the state’s farmers as part of the ‘YSR Jala Kala’ scheme over the next four years.
The bore wells will be hand over to the farmers along with pipes that will help them irrigate parts of their land, free of cost.
The scheme that will cost Rs 2,340 crore was launched by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday.
“We have launched ‘YSR Jala Kala’ that was part of our election manifesto. My government will stand in support of farmers who do not have irrigation water source other than bore well water across the state,” said Reddy.
“The bore wells will be dug up using hydrogeological information and the entire cost will be borne by the government,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that he had seen various facets of a farmer’s life and the difficulties they faced during his 3,650-km padayatra prior to the elections and it was his duty to mitigate their sufferings.
The scheme started with the drilling of 163 bore wells on Monday, one each in the 144 rural constituencies and 19 semi-urban constituencies, he informed.
The CM announced that the farmers could apply online or take the help of volunteers in village secretariats without any charge to apply for the bore wells.
The state has created a dedicated website for farmers to avail the free bore well drilling service at www.ysrjalakala.ap.gov.in besides they can also use a toll-free number 1902 to enroll under the scheme, Reddy said.
Hydrogeological expertise will determine the best spot on the farmland for drilling a bore well with good quality water and in case a bore well failed to yield water, the government will try to drill one more for such farmer, the Chief Minister added.
The government has also decided to install free electric motors on the land of eligible small and marginal farmers along with the scheme.
“For small and marginal farmers, not only drilling bores, but we will also go a step ahead and fix motors. Officials said this will cost another Rs 1,600 crore,” Reddy said, adding that around 5 lakh acres of farmland in Andhra was expected to benefit from this scheme.