Launched in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana is a national mission taken up by the government of India for ensuring high priority to water management and conservation. The scheme also promotes farm productivity and better usage and optimization of natural resources in the country.
The scheme combines various schemes of the government of India, such as the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program, Integrated Watershed Management Program, and On-Farm Water Management.
Objectives of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana are as follows:
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana envisions to encourage “har khet ko pani” and “more crop per drop” initiatives of the government of India.
Under this scheme, water sources are integrated for the required area and their distribution and optimum usage is ensured using the latest technologies and practices.
The scheme promotes the elimination of wastage of water and increases the availability of water in terms of duration and extent. The scheme also adopts various irrigation and water-saving systems.
Moreover, the scheme encourages integrated establishment and development of rainfed areas; this development is based on a watershed approach for managing and conserving soil and water sources, regenerating groundwater, harvesting rainwater and runoff water on hills, and proffering multiple livelihood options.
Basically, there are four components of this scheme: Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program, her khet ko Pani, more drop per crop, and watershed development.
Scheme implementation and budget
The scheme has been implemented with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crores for a 5-year period from the financial year 2015–2016 to 2019–2020.
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