States get more time to spend funds under PMKSY
- The Agriculture Ministry has extended by a month the deadline for States to utilise funds under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) for implementation of micro irrigation projects.
- About Rs. 1,000 crore had been allocated to States for micro irrigation schemes to be implemented by November but several States were found lagging, at a review meeting held recently
- Earlier the Minister had said that unutilised funds should be diverted to States that showed better utilisation. .
- Against a target of 5 lakh hectares, only 1.32 lakh hectares had been brought under micro irrigation.
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
- The Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore for a period of 5 years (2015-16 to 2019-20), aims to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level.
- It focuses on convergence of ongoing schemes including the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation; the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) of the Department of Land Resources; and On Farm Water Management (OFWM) component of National Mission on Sustainable Agricure (NMSA) of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.
- Under the scheme, States were supposed to restore water bodies and converge micro irrigation projects.
- The programme envisages drought proofing, drip and sprinkler irrigation and tying up with MGNREGS schemes, all of which are within the purview of State governments.
- The PMKSY has to be implemented in an area development approach, adopting decentralised State-level planning, allowing the States to draw their irrigation development plans based on district/block plans.
The major objective of PMKSY is to
- achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level,
- expand cultivable area under assured irrigation,
- improve on-farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water,
- enhance the adoption of precision-irrigation and other water saving technologies“(More crop per drop)”,
- enhance recharge of aquifers and
- introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated municipal waste water for peri-urban agriculture and
- to attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system.