Centre mulls mega fund flow to push irrigation

  1. NABARD will manage a Rs. 77,000-crore corpus as part of a Central government push to complete 99 unfinished irrigation projects across the country by 2019
  2. This would help bring water to 76.03 lakh hectares
  3. These projects are part of PM Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
  4. Priority: All drought and suicide-prone districts will be first covered
  5. There will be short-cut (sic) appraisals & incentives will be given to States who complete their projects before time
  6. Background: The 99 projects are part of 149 irrigation projects across the country, overdue since 1997
  7. At least Rs. 67, 539 crore has been spent on these until March 2015 to build dams and irrigation projects but with little water actually making it to farmers’ fields
  8. Traditionally the Central government apportioned money to States to complete projects
Irrigation In India – PMKSY, AIBP, Watershed Management, Neeranchan, etc.
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