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Achievements of the Year 2017-18

A. Water Resources

The Water Resources and Land Resources Vertical of NITI Aayog is involved in formulation of policies, development of strategies and appraisal of programmes for sustainable management of water resources in the country. A brief on important works undertaken by the vertical during the year 2017-18 is given below:-

 

1. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) has been conceived by the Central Government with a vision to ensure access to some means of protective irrigation for all agricultural farms in the country (Har Khet Ko Pani) to produce ‘per drop more crop’, thus bringing the much desired rural prosperity It has four components namely (i) Accelerated Irrigation Benefits programme (AIBP) for major and medium irrigation including National projects; (ii) Har Khet Ko Pani which includes command area development and water management works, surface minor irrigation, irrigation through groundwater and repair, renovation and restoration of water bodies; (iii) per drop more crop for promotion of micro irrigation; and (iv) watershed development for rain water harvesting, effective management of the run-off water, prevention of soil erosion, regeneration of natural vegetation and re-charging of the ground water table.

a. The second meeting of the Council of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) was held under the chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog on 15.05.2017.  In the meeting, the progress of various components of PMKSY was reviewed and decisions were taken to expedite the implementation of various components so as to deliver the objective of Har-Khet-Ko-Pani.

b. Among the 99 prioritized projects under PMKSY-AIBP scheme, the MoWR, RD &GR has informed about the 7 completed projects. The Inter-Ministerial Team constituted by the NITI Aayog has conducted the evaluation of the projects and the reports have been shared with the PMO, MoWR, RD & GR, State Governments & Rain-fed Area Authority. 

 

c. Development of Hybrid Annuity PPP model

In order to accelerate the pace of Micro irrigation development of the country, NITI Aayog-Water resource division has assisted in the development of Hybrid Annuity model with Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) to provide water to every field. The pilot project based on that concept is likely to be implemented in Haryana.

 

2. Implementation of the Inter-State North Koel Irrigation Project    benefitting Bihar  and Jharkhand.

With an objective of expeditiously completing the balance works under the North Koel irrigation Project and to provide irrigation to the command areas in the States of Bihar and Jharkhand, an empowered committee to monitor the project has been constituted under the Chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog. A review meeting was held during the year with various stakeholders (MoWR, RD&GR, Central Water Commission, MoEF & CC and State Governments). In this meeting, the decisions were taken to resolve the issues relating to the implementation of the project, R&R status, Land Acquisition, and indication the share costs by the states.

 

3. The Model Central Ground Water Bill has been proposed by the MoWR, RD &GR after the consultation with states. A presentation was made in NITI Aayog wherein certain suggestions have been made by NITI Aayog to the Ministry for consideration.

 

4. Siang Multi-Purpose River Valley Project

To harness the hydro power potential in North-East part of India, the Multi-Purpose River Valley Project on Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh has been proposed by MoWR, RD&GR. It is apprehended that run of the river type hydro-electric projects being envisaged on Siang river would become unviable if non monsoon flow decreases because of unforeseen reasons and therefore the single storage project of 9.2 BCM may be developed. Subsequently Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog held a meeting with the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and his cabinet colleagues along with the Central Ministries.

 

5. Water Management Index

In order to access the existing status as well as incremental efforts made by the State/UTs in the recent past in the water sector, a Composite Water Management Index has been developed in NITI Aayog with 28 Key Performance Indicators covering source management, supply and demand side management - inter-alia covering irrigation, drinking water (rural and urban), watershed development, and policy and governance. The index will rank the States on the basis of verifiable data provided by them.

In this regard, 24 states have already furnished the information on web portal. The data validation part is in process by the expert agency.

 

6. 15 Year Vision Document - Water Resources

The water resources part of the 15 Year Vision Document has been prepared in consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments. 

 

7. Development Agenda for New India@75

The water resources part of the “Development Agenda for New India” has been prepared in consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments. 

 

8. Output-Outcome Budget

The Water Resources Vertical has assisted DMEO, NITI Aayog  in the preparation of Water Resource part of Output-Outcome Budget (2018-19). The same is communicated to the Ministry of Water Resources, RD &GR.

 

9. Best Practices in Water Sector

The document “Best Practices in Water Sector” has been prepared in consultation with TERI University, New Delhi. The “Best Practices in Water Sector” are to be uploaded on web portal.

 

10. Examination of Cabinet Notes and draft Legislative Bills in the water sector Appraisal of EFC proposals etc.

  • A draft SFC memo for continuation of centrally sponsored scheme “Irrigation Census” with an estimated cost of Rs. 257.78 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft EFC Memo “incentivization Scheme for Bridging Gap (CADWM)” with an estimated cost of Rs. 61,237 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft SFC memo on “Research and Development Programme in Water Sector and Implementation of Water Sector Mission Scheme” with an estimated cost of Rs. 454 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft EFC memo on “Flood management and Border Area programme (FMBAP)” with an estimated cost of Rs. 8215 Crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR. 
  • A draft EFC Memo for continuation of “River Basin Management Scheme” from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an estimated cost of Rs. 1118 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft EFC Memo for the “Infrastructure Development Scheme” with an estimated cost of Rs. 454.68 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft SFC Memo for the “Human resource Development and Capacity Building Scheme” at an estimated cost of Rs. 214.65 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft EFC Memo “Development of Water resources Information System for Finance Commission” with an estimated cost of Rs. 1093.12 crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.
  • A draft approach paper for “Towards Resurgent Rajasthan 2025 “ and a report for sustainable and inclusive development in the Rajasthan in partnership with the World bank was examined and communicated to the State of Rajasthan.
  • A SFC memo for “Farakka Barrage” scheme under transport Sector for the period (2017-2020) at the estimated cost of Rs. 441.36 Crore was examined and comments were communicated to the MoWR, RD&GR.

 

 

B. Land Resources

The Water Resources and Land Resources Vertical of NITI Aayog is involved in formulation of policies, development of strategies and appraisal of programmes for sustainable management of land resources in the country. A brief on important works undertaken by the Vertical in land Resources during the year 2017-18 is given below:-

 

1. 15 Year Vision Document - Land Resources

The land resources part of the 15 Year Vision Document is being prepared in consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments. 

 

2. Development Agenda for New India@75

The Land resources part of the “Development Agenda for New India” has been prepared in consultation with concerned Ministries/Departments and concerned experts groups.

 

3. The Vertical has assisted DMEO, NITI Aayog in the preparation of Land Resource part of Output-Outcome Budget (2018-19).

 

4. A Draft report of the Committee on “Land Titling- A Way forward” has been prepared in consultation with the concerned ministries and departments, and states. The final draft has been sent to PMO for further consideration.