Telangana, unfortunately, is the second worst state affected by a number of farmer suicides. The first one being Maharashtra. However, the formation of the separate state of Telangana proved to be the glad tidings for the farmers for whom the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar took up a number of programmes which are bound to change irrigation scenario in the state. One of the flagship schemes is Mission Kakatiya taken up to optimize the crop yield for farmers. NABARD Consultancy services took up the study of the programme and saw the positive impact favouring farmers. The impact assessment report submitted to the state government on October 29 was appreciated by the Minister for Irrigation T Harish Rao. He said the findings of the study were splendid.
The programme is meant to rejuvenate more than 46000 dead tanks in the state. In the united Andhra Pradesh, these tanks in Telangana were neglected miserably. The KCR government decided to revive these tanks under Mission Kakatiya. The study says within three years the irrigated area under tank ayacut increased by 51. 5 per cent. It means the programme was progressing quite satisfactorily. At the rate as shown in the study, it is estimated that the gross irrigated area under the minor irrigation sources which was only 10. 53 lakh arces would be more than 15 lakh arces after completion of the entire programme. The irrigation intensity went up by 45.6 per cent due to the increase in water retention capacity in the tanks. With more availability of water in the tanks, the area under paddy cultivation has increased from 49.2 per cent to 62. 1 per cent.
With these positive results, the farmers will naturally be happy with the programmes. Apart from this concrete scheme, the government is also giving monetary aid to farmers on the eve of Rabi and Kharif crops. To increase the base of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, all welfare programmes should be implemented with the same mission spirit as the Mission Kakatiya was done.