NITI Aayog recommended to the Centre the proposal of state government for releasing Rs5,000 crore in a span of three years for Mission Kakatiya.
An office memorandum issued by the states division of NITI Aayog, stated that the amount would not only help to increase irrigation but will also help in providing drinking water.
The state government has sought Rs30,571 crore over a four-year period (2015-19) for the development of backward areas of the state for two projects – Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha under Section 94(2) of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
At a meeting held in April, the state government proposed Rs5,000 crore as Central assistance out of the total project cost of Rs20,000 crore for Mission Kakatiya and Rs19,205 crore Central aid out of the total project cost of Rs42,850 crore for Mission Bhagiratha.
NITI Aayog stated that the request of the Telangana government for supporting Mission Bhagiratha for Rs19,205 for three years is very genuine and should be considered by the Union finance ministry.
It further mentioned that some other states were facing drinking water problems due to prevailing drought conditions.
Hence, the finance ministry may also consider their request for tackling drinking water problems, NITI Aayog said in its recent memo.