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People’s Movement for Interlinking of Indian Rivers

In recent days news on Farmer’s suicide has become a routine affair. This is because of monsoon failure or floods.

Sometimes they don’t get the support from the Government on prices of the commodities they produce or it may also be due to the failure on the part of the Government in not providing facilities like providing cold storages etc.

So, they become poverty stricken and they are driven to take drastic decision on their lives and hence they commit suicide. This is one of the worst problems the nation is facing at present.

Interlinking of Rivers

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Another problem is unemployment. If the Government had increased the job opportunities by evolving more projects constructively restlessness among the unemployed would have been avoided and the nation would not have had to encounter the naxalites, Maoists and other outfits. This is a very problematic situation.

This problem relating to farmers, unemployment can be handled by the Government efficiently, if it had enough resources. The Government is exposed on its inability to raise funds from its own resources. It should think on the ways and means of generating funds but not through begging the FDIs. This has not happened, so the problem persists.

Now, a very huge project on Interlinking of Rivers is evolved by the Government and it involves a huge cost of Rs 5,60,000 Crores. Every year because of floods, almost 4.5 million tmc of water is let into the sea. If this water has to be diverted to water starved areas drinking water ‘Interlinking of Rivers’ will be the only option.

National Water Development Agency has studied and prepared reports on 14 inter-link projects for Himalayan component, 16 inter-link projects for Peninsular component and 37 intrastate river linking projects.

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The government has constituted a task force on interlinking of rivers comprising experts and senior officials. However, if the project materializes, it is said to solve irrigation problems and thereby the farmers will be relieved.

Moreover, the major advantages of this project are:

  • Almost 35 Million Hectares of land will get irrigation facility,
  • 34,000 mw of power generation,
  • Solve water crisis by providing alternative, perennial water resources,
  • Provide employment to almost one million people for next ten years
  • Increased agricultural production from 255m tones per annum to 500m tones.
  • New network of canals will open up new routes for water navigation.

Thus the project will be a great opportunity for the nation to develop and prosper.

But, the same old obstacle namely scarcity of funds persists. So, left to itself, the Government may not be in a position even to commence the work in the near future.  Moreover, delay in implementing will entail increase in cost. So, the Government is in the need of resources. So, an alternate option has to be thought of under such circumstances.

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If this Project is turned out to be a People’s Movement, the Government will be a lot relieved. Since it becomes a people’s movement people will keep a watchful eye on the implementation of the project and the project may be implemented in a shorter period of time. People will have no other option than to actually participate in implementing the project.

What is meant by Active Participation? Financially contributing to one’s ability. It may be from just a few hundred Rupees to even Lakhs to Crores towards this project. To that effect, a separate account head may be created for receiving the funds from the generous public and let the money be spent specifically for this ‘INTERLINKING OF RIVERS’ project. Diverting this fund to another purpose will amount to cheating the nation. So, the Government may give a helping hand to the people of the nation and make the project a successful one.

It is our bounden duty to help our nation. Otherwise we will be doing injustice to our future generation. Our forefathers left the resources for enjoyments and we have to give the same comforts to our future generation. Since, this is our collective responsibility; this project has to become a people’s movement.

Let us join our hands in developing our nation our nation Prosperous. Let this message be spread far and wide. Let our Government also take part in this assignment of making our nation Wealthy and self sufficient.

People may contribute to the project directly to Govt. of India.  Governments in term should create a separate account meant for this project and spend the money only to this project.

We may consider the above and we have to decide whether we should remain the betrayers of the nation depriving the future generation of their rightful enjoyment or truthful citizens who build the nation and preserving its prosperity for the rightful enjoyment of the future citizens. Unfortunately, at present, it said that each that each child this is going to be born has a debt amounts to Rs.10,000/- What a way to let this country down?

So, let us wake up, unite and make the world understand what people’s movement means and let the country may be made prosperous.

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