Chhattisgarh Government has launched Lakshya Bhagirathi campaign to complete the irrigation projects that could not be completed.
Under the campaign, the state water resources department has identified 108 projects that could not be completed.
- Most of the projects identified under campaign are minor and middle. For the last three decades, the projects were pending for required clearances.
- Of the 108 projects, the water resources department has set a target to complete 88 projects in the financial year 2016-17.
- The districts with irrigation potential has been below 10% had been given priority in the campaign.
- These projects on completion would provide irrigation in additional 71322 hectares of area.
These irrigation projects will be milestone in enhancing growth in the agriculture sector in the state which falls under Rice-agro-climatic zone of the country. About 80% population of the state is rural and their main livelihood is agriculture and agriculture based small industries. Besides, the economy of the state is mainly based on agriculture and forestry. The agriculture sector contributes around 38% to the State’s Net Domestic Product. Of the total workforce of 8.3 million, 5.9 million (around 71%) are engaged in agriculture.