Seeking to insulate the farm sector from vagaries of Monsoon, the government on Wednesday approved its ambitious rural irrigation scheme – Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) – for providing irrigation facility to every village by creating basic infrastructure.
Under PMKSY, states will get 75 percent central grant. For north-eastern region and hilly states, the funding pattern would, however, be 90:10 to create irrigation infrastructure.
The government had earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for the scheme in the budget. PMKSY was finally approved by the Union Cabinet in its meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday.
The new scheme assumes significance as 65 percent of the total 142 million hectare of cultivable farm land in the country is still not covered by irrigation, leaving majority of the farmers depend on Monsoon.
PMKSY aims to ensure access to one or the other means of protective irrigation. It would also ensure that district and state irrigation plans get prepared on the basis of agro-climatic conditions and sources of availability of water in that region.
The state agriculture department would be the nodal agency for implementation of PMKSY projects, while there would also be an inter-ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC) for periodic review.