To converge the investment in the various irrigation projects at national level, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh has approved the operational guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) which was formulated in consultation with different ministries and departments including other stakeholders.
With view to ensure effective planning, coordination amongst various departments, committees such as State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) chaired by the chief secretaries of the respective states, National Executive Committee (NEC) is constituted under the chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has already approved the national irrigation project on July 1, 2015.
PMKSY has been conceived as an amalgamation of ongoing schemes such as Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of the Ministry of Water Resources, Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) of Department of Land Resources (DoLR) and the On Farm Water Management (OFWM) of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC). The programme will be implemented across the country with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore in five years.
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, 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.
MoRD is to mainly undertake rain water conservation, construction of farm pond, water harvesting structures, small check dams and contour bunding etc. under IWMP. MoWR is to undertake various measures for completion of ongoing projects of Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), besides construction of diversion canals, field channels, water diversion, lift irrigation, including development of water distribution systems.
DAC will promote efficient water conveyance and precision water application devices like drips, sprinklers, pivots, rain-guns in the farm, construction of micro-irrigation structures to supplement source creation activities including tube wells and dugs wells, secondary storage structures at tail end of canal system to store water when available in abundance in rainy season or from perennial sources like streams for use during dry periods through effective on-farm water management and others.