Keeping a record for agriculture development, the government targets on irrigation and rural jobs to interface and result for better stability for rural development.
Many government schemes has been introduced schemes that can help rural farmers to get benefit and in turn add values for their livelihood.Keeping in mind this, Agriculture Ministry plans to dovetail its ambitious programme of providing irrigation to each field with the rural employment guarantee scheme to ensure smooth availability of labour.
Officials said discussions have started between the agriculture ministry, which the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchaee Yojana (PMKSY) oversees, and the rural development ministry, which looks after the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).
Dovetailing the irrigation programme with MNREGS would ensure that work done under the PMKSY gets paid through the job scheme.
Officials said the proposal might also be discussed with state representatives at a conference with the central government, in Sikkim on January 17-18. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference. States would play a vital role in implementation of both the schemes. Modi had at a review meeting on the irrigation scheme last year talked about dovetailing both schemes.
The linking would also ensure availability of adequate hands for agrarian work. Rural India had seen a shortage of labourers for agriculture work after the rural job scheme was rolled out with a guarantee of minimum 100 days of paid employment.
The PMKSY, launched last year with an allocation of Rs 50,000 crore, would amalgamate three major irrigation programmes of the Centre for holistic development.
The programmes that would be bring under one roof are the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme of the ministry of water resources, Integrated Watershed Management Programme of the ministry of rural development and land resources and the On Farm Water Management component of the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture of the agricultural department.