Lucknow: River clean-up, water supply scheme top state agenda in Niti Aayog meeting

“River Tamsa in Ayodhya, Hindon and Yamuna are among the rivers being rejuvenated," said the spokesperson.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with the vice-chairman of Niti Aayog, Rajiv Kumar, on Friday in Lucknow, during which discussions were held majorly on rejuvenation of rivers through MGNREGA, Bundelkhand water supply scheme and promotion of Buddhist religious spot Sarnath in Varanasi among other things.

The government spokesperson said that the Chief Minister informed the Niti Ayog that 10 rivers in Uttar Pradesh are being rejuvenated with support from public. “River Tamsa in Ayodhya, Hindon and Yamuna are among the rivers being rejuvenated. The CM also informed Kumar that rainwater harvesting has been made compulsory in the state,” said the spokesperson.

Information Director Shishir Singh said that the Niti Ayog was informed that the rejuvenation is being undertaken through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

The Chief Minister also informed Kumar that apart from rejuvenation of rivers, steps are also being undertaken for the rejuvenation of old ponds and wells across the state for the purpose of water conservation.

Further, the Niti Ayog vice-chairman was informed about the steps being taken for promotion of the drinking water project in Bundelkhand for ensuring tap water in every house under the scheme, “Har Ghar Nal”. Apart from Bundelkhand region, piped drinking water scheme has been initiated for Sonebhadra and Mirzapur in Vindhya region as well.

The state government also informed the Niti Aayog that apart from providing clean drinking water, they aim at ensuring control over water-borne diseases like diarrhea, Japanese encephalitis or AES.

About the shortage of doctors and steps being undertaken to meet the shortage, the Chief Minister discussed the plan to open at least one medical college for every two districts in the state and informed Kumar that a proposal to open 14 new institutions was sent to the Centre .

The Chief Minister then went on to inform the ayog that while 1.8 crore beneficiaries have been given benefits under Ayushman Yojna, deprived 10.56 lakh people have been given benefits under Chief Minister Jan Arogya Yojna.

Besides steps for promotion of investment in the state were also discussed in the meeting.