Modi's farm irrigation scheme: Are big funds serving the purpose? Data tells a sad story

-Financial Express

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched PMKSY in July 2015 and set the target to complete the 99 projects by December 2019, the total cost was estimated at Rs 77,595 crore, including Rs 29,000 crore for command area development.

While the ministry of water resources says 33 irrigation projects among the 99 implemented on a priority basis under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) are complete citing reports from state governments, data gathered by FE show that in as many as 74 projects, there has been absolutely no progress in the construction of field channels and drains (command area development). Without  these last-mile facilities, the irrigation potential created cant be tapped by farmers, so the funds spent on the projects virtually go to waste.

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched PMKSY in July 2015 and set the target to complete the 99 projects by December 2019, the total cost was estimated at Rs 77,595 crore, including Rs 29,000 crore for command area development.

(Among the PMKSY projects, the largest is Sardar Sarovar in Gujarat with an estimated cost of Rs 31,522 crore). Currently, only 49% of the agricultural land in the country is irrigated.

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Financial Express, 29 October, 2018, https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/pmksy-spending-big-funds-on-irrigation-projects-serving-the-purpose-data-tells-a-sad-story/1364792/

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