Prime Minister Modi in Jharkhand has launched a number of projects on January 5, 2019, in which revival of the North Koel reservoir project promises a prosperous Jharkhand in the days to come. The project will give a big respite to the farmers. The fact that North Koel reservoir project was approved way back in 1972 but was halted in 1993, only to be revived by the Modi Government in 2019 – speaks volume about the commitment of the present administration in putting the neglected states on the growth trajectory.
Recently, Prime Minister Modi initiated various development projects in Odisha in line with the grand plan of Purvodaya. The north-eastern states have also seen great infrastructure boost under the Modi government at the centre. The same enthusiasm is very much evident in the state of Jharkhand where the State Government led by CM Raghubir Das is also keen on following the development path.
The below infographic presents the picture of a New Jharkhand:
North Koel Reservoir & Other Projects - A Commentary on Administration
The project launch programme of PM Modi in Jharkhand drive home the point that how the previous administrations mostly led by Congress were indifferent to the Jharkhand people, particularly the farmers. This can be said considering the fact that a development project which could have helped in irrigation of 1.1 lakh hectares of land in two states (Jharkhand & Bihar) was halted for 47 years!
PM Modi rightly called it criminal negligence towards the farmers of that area.
The project of North Koel reservoir involves many elements that will result in the betterment of people living in the region. Work on Mandal Dam & Mohammadganj Barrage, main canals, branch Canal, distributaries, minors, and water courses were all held up before the Modi Government worked hard to put them back on track. The project aims to provide irrigation to 1,11,521 hectares of land annually in the most drought-prone areas of Aurangabad and Gaya districts of Bihar; Palamu and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand.
As many as 25,000 families got a roof on top of their head, which is also a significant development. It exhibits the fact that the fruits of development are reaching the needy people.
PM Modi in Jharkhand, himself noticed and analysed that why this pace of progress was absent in the previous regime. He said, “It was not happening because people at the helm in the previous administration were apparently thinking what they get in return. But this government has removed all the middlemen and brought in transparency through technology that ensured the benefit reaches to right people.”
When PM Modi asked the gathering whether any beneficiary under the PM Awas Yojana was forced to pay anyone to get the house, for which he received the voice of a resounding ‘No’.
Earlier, when one heard the name of Jharkhand, it usually reminded of the political instability and lack of development in the state. However, now, as explained above, Jharkhand has been firmly put on the map of development. The instance of North Koel reservoir project revival seemed like a case of four decades of development curse finally coming to an end.