There has been a report that the rural development agency is ordering district administrators to make sure that dam checking and de silting are carried out correctly as it is now imperative that the drought like conditions are swiftly dealt with. Any further delays could lead to a situation where it will either be extremely difficult to deal with the situation or the cost will be too high
Nitin Gadkari is the person behind the orders and in an official press release the extreme severity of the situation has been set out. It is not just the lack of current water levels that are causing concern, but the uncertainty of the future and the lack of knowledge when it comes to what to expect in the future.
As part of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the is now an order in place saying that there must be at least half of all the jobs that are set up in a district, and at that level must be connected to water conservation. Dams will have to be checked, all traditional water will need to be de silted and the same applies when it comes to canals and irrigation tanks.
There has been criticism from a number of areas, and as India is one of the largest countries in the world and one that is growing faster than many others, the amount of water being both used and wasted is a concern to many and something that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
It has been widely reported that the reason that this decision has been made is due to the amount of criticism that was coming from members of parliament as well as representative of the people at a more regional level. It is also claimed that the MNREGA in now full of corruption and there are major concerns when it comes to the rural job scheme, then there are not being any positions created at all.
There are further issues and this is surrounding the way that people are being paid and the lack of transparency that can be seen. There are also concerns that there are unnecessary delays getting peoples wages to them and as a result, the ministry has been informed that from now on e payments must be made for anything that needs to be paid for or whenever there is a fund transfer.