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Date:27/06/2008 URL:
Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad Naandi Foundation-APSIDC to revive 87 LI schemes
Special Correspondent
HYDERABAD: Naandi Foundation, a voluntary organisation, has said that 87 lift irrigation schemes in five districts will be revived under a joint initiative with the AP State Irrigation Development Corporation.
At a press conference here on Thursday, Neena Ambre Rao, National Director-Livelihoods in Naandi Foundation and G. Chandrasekhara Reddy, MD of the corporation, said it would constitute Phase-Two of the programme launched in 2003.
Mr. Reddy said the initiative was started in 2003; post an APSIDC survey that identified 632 schemes for revival at a cost of Rs. 20 crores.
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Naandi signs pact with APSIDC
BS Reporter / Chennai/ Hyderabad June 27, 2008, 0:30 IST
NF livelihoods national director Neena Rao said registered farmer societies would manage and run the lift irrigation schemes, both financially and technically.
NF, in 2003, was given 65 lift irrigation schemes. It secured the required funds from Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The foundation will encourage the farmers for new cropping patterns and switch to 2-3 crop cycles per year as against one.
In all, NF will be involved in making about 60,000 acre drought-prone land into cultivable land through lift irrigation revivals.

Date:27/06/2008 URL:
Naandi Foundation to revive 87 lift irrigation schemes
Our Bureau
Hyderabad, June 26 Naandi Foundation, a voluntary organisation announced the extension of a revival scheme of lift irrigation (LI) projects to five more districts in Andhra Pradesh.
About 87 LI schemes would be taken up for revival in the five districts including Prakasam and Guntur, under the new scheme, according to Ms Neena Ambre Rao, National Director-Livelihoods, Naandi Foundation and Mr G Chandrasekhara Reddy, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, AP State Irrigation Development Corporation (APSIDC).
According to Ms Rao, the foundation, which provides safe drinking water and sanitation, child rights and sustainable livelihoods, was allotted the task of reviving 65 LI schemes in Anantapur, Khammam, Krishna, Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Medak districts in the year 2003.
"Looking at the success in the first phase of projects that were allotted APSIDC had entrusted the fresh task in Phase Two of the project. The USP of Naandi was empowerment of the local community and bringing in a sense of proprietary among the villagers," Ms Rao told newspersons.
Mr Reddy said that the initiative to revive defunct LI schemes had started in 2003, post an APSIDC survey that identified 632 schemes for revival at a cost of Rs 20 crores.
"Though the amount was sanctioned, the initiative did not go ahead as well as planned because of the restructuring of the corporation that saw it stripped of personnel," he said.
Mr Reddy also said that under the circumstances, it was then decided that the public-private partnership would be ideal, a belief that was found correct later, given the fact that an impact study established that annual net agricultural income per household grew by 85.3 per cent and distress migration to urban areas had reduced by half.
"In many of the areas where LI schemes were revived, local committees were formed. We have also entered into annual maintenance contracts with local mechanics for keeping the pumps and motors in running condition," Mr D.V. Rau, Project Manager-LI said.
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