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CCEA approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yoiana (PMKSY)

Jul 2, 2015 16:02 IST

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 2 July 2015 gave its approval for a new scheme called Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).

The Yojana was approved with an outlay of 50000 crore rupees over a period of five years, that is, from 2015-16 to 2019-20 and the allocation for the financial year 2015-16 has been kept at 5300 crore rupees.

Aim of PMKSY

Bringing concerned Ministries/Departments/Agencies/Research and Financial Institutions engaged in creation/use/recycling/potential recycling of water under a common platform so that a comprehensive and holistic view of the entire water cycle is taken into account and proper water budgeting is done for all sectors namely, household, agriculture and industries.

Objectives of PMKSY

  • To provide convergence to existing schemes of water management, thus bringing efficiency to the use of water
  • Expand cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet ko pani)
  • 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 based water for peri-urban agriculture
  • Attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system

Architecture of PMKSY

PMKSY envisages a decentralized State level planning and execution structure. As part of it States will be allowed to draw up a District Irrigation Plan (DIP) and a State Irrigation Plan (SIP).

DIP will have holistic developmental perspective of the district outlining medium to long term developmental plans integrating three components namely, water sources, distribution network and water use application of the district to be prepared at two levels -  the block and the district.

All structures created under the schemes will be geo-tagged.

Monitoring and Implementation of PMKSY

National level: The programme will be supervised and monitored by an Inter-Ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC) under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister with Union Ministers of all concerned Ministries.

The implementation of the yojana will be through a National Executive Committee (NEC) to be constituted under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.

Besides, NEC will also oversee allocation of resources, inter ministerial coordination, monitoring and performance assessment, addressing administrative issues etc.

State Level: A State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) to be chaired by the Chief Secretary of respective state will be administering the programme at state level. The committee will have all authority to sanction the project and also monitor the progress of the scheme.

District Level: At the district level their shall be a district level implementation committee for ensuring last mile coordination at the field level.

The Yojana is in addition to existing farmer friendly initiatives taken by the NDA government in the last one year. These include issuing of Soil Health Card to farmers, setting up soil and fertilizer laboratories for Soil Health Management, launch of Pramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana to promote organic farming, and starting of dedicated Kisan Channel by Doordarshan.

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