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Government to spend Rs 50,000 crore under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana


  • Government has decided that in 5 years, Rs 50,000 crore from the central Budget would be utilised for the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
  • The amount can also be utilised to help the material component in MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).
  • The spending this year is expected to bring an additional 6 lakh hectares under irrigation while 5 lakh hectares will benefit from drip irrigation.
  • The major objective of the PMKSY is to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation, expand cultivable area , improve on-farm water use efficiency, enhance adoption of precision-irrigation.
  • The scheme also aims at bringing ministries, departments, agencies, research and financial institutions engaged in potential recycling of water under a common platform.
  • The programme architecture of PMKSY allow states to draw up a District Irrigation Plan (DIP) and a State Irrigation Plan ( SIP).
  • DIP will have a holistic developmental perspective of the district outlining medium- to long-term developmental plans.
  • The programme will be supervised and monitored at the national level by an Inter-Ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC).

Source:The Economic Times

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