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Boosting Agriculture Resilience: Coalition Government’s Ambitious Plan to Tackle Waterlogging in Julana

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04 July 2023, Chandigarh: Agriculture, as the primary source of income for farmers in rural regions, has encountered substantial challenges attributed to waterlogging during the monsoon season in the Julana area. This persistent issue has resulted in severe damage to Kharif crops, posing a threat to both livelihoods and food security. To address this issue, the coalition government has undertaken a comprehensive plan to establish a permanent solution for rainwater drainage. An allocation of Rs. 350 crores has been earmarked for the first year, followed by Rs. 500 crores in the second year and Rs. 1100 crores in the third year to ensure effective implementation of water drainage system.

Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said this while highlighting the government’s commitment to agricultural development and infrastructure improvement in rural areas during his address at Julana in Jind district today. Former MP, Mr. Ajay Singh Chautala was also present on the occasion.

He said that after completion, this water drainage system will safeguard crops from damage caused by stagnant rainwater in low-lying areas such as Safidon, Pillukheda, Julana, Narnaund, Bawani khera, Dadri, and Jhajjar. This initiative is expected to boost farmers’ income significantly.

Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala emphasized that the Julana constituency would not be left behind in terms of development. A robust network of roads is being constructed in the Julana area, with an estimated cost of Rs. 300 crores. These road projects will enhance connectivity, providing the residents of Julana and its surrounding areas with superior transportation facilities. The improved accessibility is expected to stimulate the overall development of the region.

The Haryana Government has already invested approximately Rs. 1,200 crores in road construction under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana and Marketing Board Roads, in the Sonipat Lok Sabha constituency. Notably, Julana received Rs. 300 crores for road development, while Safidon was allocated Rs. 150 crores. Furthermore, in the Jind assembly constituency area, roads have been laid at a cost of Rs. 180 crores.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala highlighted that the present government had transformed National Highway 352 into a four-lane highway, eliminating potholes and ensuring a smooth travel experience from Rohtak to the Punjab border. This development has significantly improved the road infrastructure in the region.

In terms of healthcare, the coalition government is constructing a medical college in Jind. The outpatient department (OPD) of the medical college is expected to be completed by the end of this year, bringing high-quality healthcare services closer to the people. The establishment of the medical center will also reduce the need for residents of Jind and nearby areas to seek medical services outside the region, saving their time and money.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala emphasized the government’s commitment to providing maximum employment opportunities to the people. In this regard, Maruti Company is setting up an automobile industry in Kharkhoda, falling under the Sonipat Lok Sabha constituency. This industry will create job opportunities for approximately 12,000 youths, ensuring the participation of 75 percent of Haryana’s youth, as announced by the government. Additionally, the state government is building an airport in Hisar, similar to Delhi, with the land acquisition process for the first phase already completed.

Recognizing the significance of the agricultural sector, the state government has expedited the process of disbursing funds to farmers. An amount of Rs. 13,000 crore has been deposited into farmers’ bank accounts within 24 hours after the procurement of wheat crop.

During this public meeting, the Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr. Devender Babli, expressed confidence in the longevity of the coalition government, emphasizing that it will remain strong and committed to its mission for the entire five-year term. He highlighted the recent achievement of the state government in implementing a significant policy change, granting 50 percent reservation to women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions elections. This decision showcases the government’s dedication to promote gender equality and empower women in local governance.

The Labour Minister, Mr. Anoop Dhanak addressed the gathering, assuring them that there is no shortage of funds for development projects. The state government is determined to provide adequate resources to fulfill its commitment to progress and welfare of the public. Numerous welfare schemes have already been put into action by the state government, specifically designed to benefit the economically disadvantaged sections of society.

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