On June 29, the Jharkhand government stated that it intends to complete approximately one lakh small irrigation, water harvesting, and groundwater recharge schemes in the current fiscal year. The government stated that it has already completed over 1.4 lakh schemes under the Nilambar-Pitambar Jal Samridhi Yojana in 2021-22.
The scheme is making a significant contribution to increased groundwater levels and improved crop irrigation. In the fiscal year 2021-2022, approximately 73,034 trench-cum-bund schemes and 60,820 field bund schemes were completed.
Govt. target to achieve 99,345 schemes
The government is working towards achieving the set target of 99,345 schemes for the financial year 2022-23, the state government said in a statement. Under the Nilambar-Pitambar Jal Samridhi Yojana, the upper Tand’ (barren) land is being treated via saturation mode by adopting the principle of watershed management, it said.
The state government is creating opportunities for irrigation through rainwater harvesting. Trench-cum-Bund, check dams, field-bund, soak pit, med bandi, pond renovation, etc, schemes are being covered under MGNREGA.
Generate employment in the village
As a result, the villagers are getting a means of employment in their village itself as well as water that would ordinarily flow away during the monsoon is being conserved, it said. Last fiscal year, the Giridih district had the most Trench-cum-Bunds constructed, with 11,305, followed by Garhwa with 10,125 and Latehar with 8,466.
Seraikela has completed the most field bund plans with a total of 6,676, while West Singhbhum has completed 6,150 and Chatra has completed 5,464. According to the statement, the government plans to build 49,589 Trench-cum-Bunds and 49,756 Field Bunds under the Nilambar-Pitambar Jal Samridhi Yojana in 2022-23.
As many as 7,490 schemes of Trench-cum-Bund and 6,689 of Field Bund have been completed till June 2022, while work is in progress for 42,099 schemes of Trench-cum-Bund and 43,067 schemes of the Field Bund, it said.
Goal to provide livelihood
The Nilambar-Pitambar Jal Samridhi Yojana is being run on mission mode across the entire state. The goal of the government is to provide people with the means of livelihood right at their doorstep, said Manish Ranjan, Secretary, Rural Development Department.