“Gujarat to handover Narmada Project’s water distribution management to farmers’ water users committees” “Centre should allow the gates of Sardar Sarovar Project main dam on Narmada to be raised up to 138 metres” —Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the Narmada waters distribution network under the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) command area would be handed over to the farmers’ water users committees in about 5,000 villages in the state.

Talking to farmers across the state on the occasion of Krishi Mahotsav-2012 through videoconferencing, he asked the villagers to take over the management of distribution network.

Mr. Modi said that two generations have passed since Gujarat had asked the Central Government to allow the height of the main dam of the SSP on the Narmada to be raised to 138 metres, but it is stuck at 121.92 metres. At the present height, the dam holds just 27 percent of the total capacity. Gujarat bashers are opposing the completion of the dam, he said.

Ironically, he said, the Central Government provides 90 per cent assistance from AIBP for drought relief, but not to the SSP with potential to fight drought.

He said that the cost of the project originally estimated at Rs.6,000-crore has gone up to Rs.50,000-crore. It is Gujarat Government which has allocated Rs.9,000-crore from its budget to provide to higher reaches in North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch.

Mr. Modi said that 80,000 farmers of Gujarat had voluntarily handed over about 40,000 ha of their land falling under Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) to the authorities and were given compensation of Rs.1,200-crore. He said that present government has augmented the irrigation capacity of canals and add another one lakh ha by the yearend.

He said the government has undertaken the task of taking the Narmada Canal waters to fill up dams and higher altitudes in Saurashtra and Kutch through a series of pumps, some of them being the world’s biggest. Similarly, water from Panam and Kadana dams has been taken through lift irrigation to tribal belt. Sujalam Sufalam Yojna has diverted surplus rainwater flowing down the rivers into the sea to water-starved regions. There are 1,200 other small and big irrigation projects in the state.

The Chief Minister said that all these efforts have brought 37-lakh hectares agriculture land under irrigation in the state.

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Amidst the ongoing election campaigning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting in Gaya, Bihar. Seeing the massive crowd, PM Modi said, “This immense public support, your enthusiasm, clearly indicates - June 4, 400 Paar! Gaya and Aurangabad have announced today – Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar!”

"Just two days ago, the BJP released its Sankalp Patra. This is the first time that the Sankalp Patra of any party is being called a guarantee card. Because over the past 10 years, everyone has seen Modi's guarantee, which means a guarantee of fulfilment,” added PM Modi.

Talking about how the Congress and RJP exploited the poor, PM Modi asserted, “For decades, the Congress, which ruled the country, squandered opportunities, wasting the nation's time. We have lifted 25 crore people out of poverty. For decades, Congress and its allies showed dreams of bread and shelter to the poor. The NDA government has provided pucca houses to 4 crore poor. Jitan Ram Manjhi is a witness to how the Congress and the RJD exploited the names of Dalits, oppressed, and backward classes for their own political selfishness. The NDA has given rights and dignified lives to Dalits, oppressed, and backward classes.”

Focussing on development projects, PM Modi stated, "In our agenda, there is both development and heritage. You also know how long the North Koel project was pending. It's the NDA government that has put it back on track. The completion of this project will be a significant boon for the farmers of Gaya and Aurangabad, providing irrigation facilities. Under our government, Gaya Ji has also been included in the list of 12 ancient historical heritage sites under the PRASAD scheme." He further said, “This pace of development is just a trailer. I have much more to do for the country.”

Slamming the Opposition for doing politics over Ram Temple, PM Modi iterated, "Tomorrow is Ram Navami, a festival where the rays of the sun will specially bless the forehead of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya. However, the people of the INDI Alliance are also troubled by the Ram temple. Those who once questioned the existence of Lord Ram are now speaking all kinds of language against the Ram Mandir! To appease a community, these people have even boycotted the consecration ceremony. A leader of this alliance, Congress's Shehzada, has openly declared that he will destroy the Shakti of Hinduism. Their other companions call our ancient tradition Dengue Malaria. Can you tell me, are these people worthy of winning even a single seat?”

Accusing the RJD of casting the state in a negative light, PM Modi remarked, “RJD has ruled Bihar for several years but they don't have the guts to discuss the work done by their government. RJD has only given two things to Bihar - Jungle Raj and Corruption. It was during their era when kidnapping and ransom became an industry in Bihar. Our sisters and daughters couldn't step out of their homes. Areas like our Gaya were engulfed in the flames of Naxal violence. RJD forced many families to leave Bihar out of compulsion.”

He went on to say, “I say, eradicate corruption, and they say, save the corrupt. They think that the people of Bihar, the youth of Bihar, will fall for their words. In the era of smartphones, the smart youth of Bihar will never align with the goons of Jungle Raj. If RJD were in power, even your mobile phone battery wouldn't get charged. Those who want to charge mobile phones with their lanterns do not want the country to progress.”

Lashing out at the opposition, PM Modi said, “Those who insult Sanatan should listen carefully: even in the Constituent Assembly that drafted India's Constitution, 80-90% of the members were Sanatanis, and these Sanatanis collaborated with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to create such an outstanding Constitution. For the opposition, the constitution will be a political tool, but for us, the constitution is the cornerstone of our faith.”