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New Delhi : Vice President (VP) of India M Venkaiah Naidu on September 27, 2017, said that linkage of rivers will help the farmers of across the country to grow more crops and raise their earnings and contribute in the progress of the country as a result of increased irrigation facilities.

He was addressing a gathering after unveiling the plaque for the ‘Sujalam Sufalam Yojana’ (Water and Irrigation Projects), at Mehsana, Gujarat. Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli, Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel, former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandi Ben Patel, Minister of Water Resources, Government of Gujarat, Nanubhai Vanani and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that there are many rivers in the country and some of the states are receiving more water and in many other states farmers are not getting benefits of these rivers. He said that the Governments have been considering over inter-linking of rivers for decades. But there were many hurdles in its realization and so it took time to implement this concept, he added. VP Naidu expressed his happiness that Gujarat Government has given concrete shape to the concept of river linkage and has linked Narmada and Sabarmati rivers, so that more and more farmers are benefitted. He further said that he is fortunate to inaugurate the plaque for the project, according to a PIB release.

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