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Supporting RDPR Department in Natural Resources Management in the State

 

According to the Government of India, about 65 percent of the MGNREGA funds are to be used for works (181 out of 260) related to Natural Resources Management (NRM). In Karnataka State, activities, such as farm ponds (rain water harvesting), horticulture, increasing the green cover, improving soil moisture levels, reducing soil erosion and other conservation measures were taken-up to improve the crop and land productivity, across all the districts. Further, (during 2019-20), based on the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) 2017 report, the Government of India, identified 78 Mission Water Conservation (MWC) taluks (out of 176 taluks) in the State.

The technical services and expertise of ACIWRM were sought by the Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department (RDPR) to strengthen the NRM measures and its components as part of MGNREGA works. A series of meetings were held between Rural Development Commissioner, RD & PR and ACIWRM to evaluate groundwater recharge due to the MGNREGA works implemented hitherto. Later, ACIWRM submitted a technical and financial proposal for the same. Subsequently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the ACIWRM and MGNREGS to study and assess the impact of NRM measures adopted for augmenting groundwater recharge in the following four Gram Panchayaths of the four Mission Water Conservation taluks under MGNREGS.

Sl.No.

 District

 Taluk

 Gram Panchayat

1.

Bellary

Hagaribommanahalli

Bachigondanahalli

2.

Kalaburagi

Afzalpur

Mashal

3.

Kolar

Srinivasapura

Kodipalli

4.

Koppal

Yalburga

Hiremyageri

A team from ACIWRM recently made a field visit to couple of villages in Kodipalli GP to assess and develop specific formats for sampling design, data collection and compilation and going forward formats for water budget at GP/hydrological unit level. The visit also focused on developing the research methodology and identifying survey instruments as part of the inception report. The ACIWRM team comprised of Dr. T.N. Reddy, Land & Water Management Specialist, Mr. M.S. Raviprakash, Principal Coordinator – CBE, Ms. Akhila V, Assistant Engineer, Mr. Ramesh B, Civil Engineer and Ms. Ramya G, GIS Assistant.

During the field visit, the team observed that significant NRM works were implemented such as strengthened feeder channels with stone revetment, construction of check dams, drainage line lining, etc.

   

A discussion with farmers revealed that the implementation of the above measures led to increase in water levels in existing borewells and getting water in dried up borewells which resulted in supporting crop production and increased crop yields. In addition to the ongoing work, the team believes that there is still scope to take up further on-farm and off farm measures in the same area and building of robust impact monitoring mechanisms. In days to follow the team will also visit the other Gram Panchayats and roll out the assessment works.

Working together with the Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department (RD&PR) can strengthen the integrated water resources management concepts to improve water-related sectoral and inter-sectoral decision-making at local region

 

Last Updated: 05-08-2021 05:29 PM Updated By: Admin


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