Haryana government has decided to construct silos having a capacity of six lakh metric tonnes in the state under the Warehouse Infrastructure Fund of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for providing sufficient storage facilities of foodgrains.

For this, a Rs 200 crore project would be sent to NABARD within the next 15 days for approval. A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to review the progress of various projects being undertaken in the state with the assistance of NABARD.

Khattar said that the state government has purchased several crops on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the state. Apart from wheat and rice, each and every grain of bajra, sarson (mustard) and sunflower is being purchased and for this, sufficient storage capacity is required to store the produce after procurement.

He directed that a proposal be sent to the NABARD at the earliest for releasing required funds to the state for the setting up of silos in those districts initially which have comparatively less storage capacity.

Earlier, it was also agreed that in case funds issued by NABARD for a project could not be utilised by the state government due to any reason, the same fund would be adjusted in any other NABARD project. Consensus was also reached between both the state government and NABARD to hold quarterly meetings to fast track various development works being implemented in the state.

The CM directed the officers that while preparing projects under NABARD, priority should be given to those projects which are related to water be it of drinking water, water conservation or irrigation. He said that the present state government has recently launched Jal Hi Jeevan Hai Scheme to encourage the farmers to shift from the water-guzzling crops like paddy and adopt alternative crops such as Maize which require comparatively less water. The scheme has got tremendous response from the farmers as the area under maize sowing has reached to 50,000 acres in the state.

The CM directed the Irrigation and Water Resources Department to explore the possibilities of taking up the project for the rejuvenation and remodelling of 14,000 rural ponds in the state under any scheme of NABARD.

He said that the state government has also constituted Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority for the rejuvenation of these ponds and ensuring continues flow of water so that the same could be utilised for irrigation and other purposes.