On Monday, AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched a scheme from the camp office to provide irrigated water to the agricultural land. The system would provide the state-wide 3 lakh farmers with free agricultural borewells. To irrigate 5 lakh acres via free borewells, the government will invest Rs 2,340 crore. Speaking on the occasion, CM YS Jagan said that by implementing the YSR Jalakala system with the objective of providing irrigation water to their upland areas through free boreholes to all eligible farmers in 13 districts of the state, another step has been taken for the welfare of farmers. After a scientific groundwater survey, the borewell zone will be identified. For accountability, applications would be made available explicitly. He said it will be planned to make the farmer's information accessible from time to time from application to borewell drilling.
The guidelines here are
There should be a minimum of 2.5 acres and a maximum of 5 acres of land for a farmer. Otherwise, in partnership with neighbouring property, the farmers were given the opportunity to lay the borewells.
In addition, no prior development of borewells on that land should have been undertaken.
The day on which the farmer drills the bore on the farm is also notified by telephone via SMS to the farmers.
Speaking on this, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and senior TDP leader, slammed the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government by saying that without transmitting the real benefits at the field level, it has misled farmers with false promises such as free power and free pumpsets. Ramakrishnudu said the Jagan government had declared the Jala Kala programme to place a burden on farmers. In the name of providing 2 lakh free pumpsets by investing Rs. 2,340 Cr in the next four years, it is a move to betray farmers.
The Leader of the Opposition said that by repairing metres on the current pumpsets and farm links, the government had already dealt a significant blow. The escrow accounts were only opened to rob the farmers under the free power scheme of their Rs. 4,000 Cr gain. Power bills, on the other hand, were raised by three to four times, putting a burden on the citizens of Rs. 4,000 Cr. Ramakrishnudu claimed that a burden of Rs . 10,000 Cr was imposed on the farmers and weaker sectors after Jagan came to power in the state. The Free Power System was used to implicitly punish farmers. Undoubtedly, the latest pledge to deliver 2 lakh pumpsets was a simple gimmick to confuse the individuals. The ruling YSRCP leaders were committing a fraud in every new scheme that ran into misuse of hundreds and thousands of crores of rupees, he criticised.
Only time will tell if this Jalakala Scheme is a boon or bane for the farmers. The time will unravel whether it is Scam or Scheme!!??....