unveiling the Plaque for the ‘'Sujalam Sufalam Yojana' (Water and Irrigation
Projects), in Mehsana, Gujarat, on 27 September, the Vice President of India,
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu emphasized the inevitable importance of linking
rivers for the progress of the country
since the linkage will bring in increased irrigation, thus helping the farmers
grow more crops and gain more earnings.
of the Vice President comes at a time when ground water table is sinking fast
and the woes of the farmers become increased multi-fold with too many lakes and
rivers disappearing. As Prime Minister Modi once said that it is very sad that
many rivers are only on the map but they have disappeared.
President said, says a release, that there are many rivers in our country, and
some of the states are receiving more water and in many other states, farmers
are not getting benefits of these rivers. He further said that the Governments
have been considering over inter-linking of rivers for decades. But there were
many hurdles in its realization and so it took time to implement this concept,
President expressed his happiness that Gujarat Government has given concrete
shape to the concept of river linkage and has linked Narmada and Sabarmati
rivers, so that more and more farmers are benefitted. He further said that he
is fortunate to inaugurate the Plaque for the Project.
President said that the main sources of the progress of Gujarat are:
Agriculture and Industry and every state must pay due attention to both of
them. Work for everyone and water for every farm is very important and this was
a beautiful dream of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, he added.
President said that there are many public-welfare programmes, specially
irrigation programme already going on in Gujarat. He further said that by
making small dams, this state has shown how to preserve rain-water that reaches
the farms. Despite facing many hurdles, this state has built Sardar Sarovar
Dam, which is one of the world's highest dam, he added, concludes the release.
The dignitaries present on the Plaque unveiling
function were the Governor of Gujarat, Shri Om Prakash Kohli, the Deputy Chief
Minister of Gujarat, Shri Nitin Patel, former Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt.
Anandi Ben Patel, the Minister of Water Resources, Government of Gujarat, Shri
Nanubhai Vanani and other dignitaries.