‘Kapil Dhara Yojna’ under Employment Guarantee Scheme has been introduced with a view to increasing irrigation facilities to poor farmers and also for providing employment to the rural people. Under this scheme financial assistance is given for digging wells in the farm land of the farmers. Tribal farmer Shri Badrilal son of Khema Bhil of Pityakhedi Village in Ralayata Panchayat of Mandsaur Block was owner of around 3 acres of un-irrigated land. With the blessings of Rain God He used to cultivate Millet and Urad in his land in a minor scale because there used to be scanty rains. With this he hardly could meet both ends. But all his woes have become a thing of past for Badrilal since the government gave him financial assistance for digging well in his farm land.
It may be mentioned here that Badrilal received Rs 2.83 lakh for construction of well under Kapildhara scheme. With this money he constructed a big well of 60 feet deep and 23 feet radius. The well is now filled with 53 feet water. After construction of the well, Badrilal’s life has changed. Instead of one crop in a year, he is growing two crops every year and at the same time his yield has increased manifold due to irrigation facility. According to Badrilal ‘This well has completely changed my whole life. Earlier I was resigned to poverty in my life. But with the improved yield from agriculture crops my income has also gone up. Now I am more than happy’. He said that while digging well he had to break rocks to dig further. The pieces of rocks were put on the sides of the land. Now it is easy to go to any portion of his land even in rainy season. The pieces of rocks have also helped in blocking water in the land. Because of this moisture in the land is maintained and thereby has further helped to increase in yield, he said.
Sub Engineer of Mandsaur Janpad Shri Agrawal informed that re-charge pit has also constructed near the well of Badrilal so that water is collected in the pit it seep in the earth which would help recharging the well itself. The well is filled with water up to the top, he said. Badrilal is cultivating Soyabean and Til in this Kharif season. Badrilal had cultivated wheat and gram during the last rabi season for the first time because there was no shortage of water to irrigate the crops.