Desert Development Programme in full swing in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Jan 8 (UNI) An expenditure of Rs 5342.50 lakh had been incurred under the Desert Development Programme (DDP) in Haryana in the last three years the state and all ongoing projects are expected to be completed on priority basis.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Haryana Rural Development Department said that an amount of Rs 831.06 lakh had been spent on various watersheds projects under DDP during the current financial year in the state.

He said that the objective of this programme was to control the severity of drought and desert conditions and to bring ecological balance through integrated development of soil and moisture conservation.

He said that the other objectives of this programme included land shaping and development,dry land farming, water resource development, afforestation and pasture development on watershed development approach in an integrated manner, he added.

The spokesman said that the programme had been launched by the Central Government during the year 1995-96 in the 47 blocks of district Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Jhajjar, Rewari and Mohindergarh. The Central Government had sanctioned 1189 watersheds from 1995-96 to 2006-07.

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