Green signal to extend PM Krishi Irrigation Scheme by 5 years, 22 lakh farmers will benefit : The cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana from 2021-22 to 2025-26, which will benefit about 22 lakh farmers, out of which 2.5 lakh are scheduled castes and 2 lakh scheduled tribes. Are farmers. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to extend the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) by five years from 2021 to 2026. The total cost on this is estimated to be Rs 93,068 crore.
This decision was taken in the meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat gave this information to the journalists after the meeting of the Union Cabinet.
He said that the cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana from 2021-22 to 2025-26, which will benefit about 22 lakh farmers, out of which 2.5 lakh are scheduled castes and scheduled castes. There are 2 lakh scheduled tribe farmers. According to the statement of the government, its total cost has been estimated at Rs 93,068 crore.
Program for providing financial assistance to projects (PMKSY Scheme,
It said the focus would be to complete 60 ongoing projects, including new ones included under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program. According to the statement, 4.5 lakh hectares will be irrigated under rejuvenation of water bodies through surface water sources under the Har Khet Ko Pani section and 1.5 lakh hectares under groundwater irrigation in suitable blocks.
Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program is a flagship program of the Central Government. Its objective is to provide financial assistance to irrigation projects. The total additional irrigation potential under AIBP is to be increased to 13.88 lakh hectares during 2021-26. Apart from focussing on completion of 60 ongoing projects related to 30.23 lakh hectare command area development, additional projects may also be taken up. The norms for inclusion of projects in tribal areas and drought prone areas have been relaxed.
HCKP will expand cultivable land
Har Khet Ko Pani (HKKP) aims to increase access to farms and expand cultivable land under assured irrigation. Minor irrigation and Reform-Reform-Resettlement of water sources under HKKP are components of PMKSY (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana) and they aim to bring an additional 4.5 lakh hectare area under irrigation. Keeping in view the importance of rejuvenation of water sources, the cabinet has approved funding for rejuvenation of water sources in urban and rural areas.
The criteria for inclusion in the scheme has been expanded and the central assistance in respect of general areas has been increased from 25 per cent to 60 per cent. In addition, the groundwater component of the HKKP was also provisionally approved for 2021-22. It aims to develop irrigation potential for 1.52 lakh hectares of land.
Objective of PMKSY
Here is the objective of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
To achieve convergence of investment in irrigation at the field level by introducing water use schemes (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana). To increase physical access to water on the farm. To expand the cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet Ko Pani)! To make best use of water through new technologies and practices, PMKSY integrates water source, water distribution and efficient use of water. To reduce wastage and increase the availability of water in the field. To increase precision-irrigation adoption (more crop per drop)
Increasing the recharge of aquifers and introducing sustainable water conservation practices. To ensure that rainfed areas are using watershed approach for soil and water conservation, groundwater regeneration, check runoff, providing livelihood options and other NRM activities. To promote extension activities related to water harvesting, water management and crop alignment for farmers and grassroot level functionaries. To introduce technology for reuse of treated municipal waste water for Periurban Agriculture (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana).