Report No.22 of 2018 - Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development

Overview

The Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) was launched during 1996-97 as a Central Assistance (CA) programme for accelerating the implementation of large projects which were beyond the resource capability of the States and completion of other irrigation projects which were at an advanced stage but were delayed due to resource constraints faced by State Governments. Initially, the primary goal of AIBP was to speed up completion of Major and Medium Irrigation (MMI) projects. The coverage under AIBP was gradually expanded over the years to include drought prone area of KBK districts of Odisha and Minor Irrigation (MI) schemes of Special Category States (SCS); Extension, Renovation, Modernization (ERM) projects and MI schemes of Special Areas  (SA) of non-SCS. Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR,RD&GR/Ministry) is responsible for framing policy guidelines for implementation while State Governments are primarily associated with planning and implementation of irrigation projects and schemes. Even though AIBP was of critical importance for the growth of the agricultural and farming sector and substantial Central outlays had been made on projects covered by it, the Programme continues to lag and faced ballooning costs. Also, most of the projects have not achieved their target Irrigation Potential

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