Unlocking the Potential of Indian Agriculture: PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana Extended for Another Five Years


PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana Extended until FY 2026

Sneha-January 18, 2023



In a recent decision, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for the financial years 2021-2026, with an allocated budget of Rs. 93,068 crore. The CCEA has also granted central support of Rs. 37,454 crore to states and Rs. 20,434.56 crore for debt servicing of loans availed by the Government of India for irrigation development during PMKSY 2016-21.

PMKSY Extension: Key Details

The Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) is a flagship initiative of the Indian government that aims to provide financial assistance for irrigation projects. The targeted additional irrigation potential creation during the 2021-2026 period under AIBP is 13.88 lakh hectares. Priority will be given to the completion of 60 ongoing projects, including the development of 30.23 lakh hectares of command area. In addition, projects in tribal and drought-prone areas will have relaxed inclusion criteria.

The extended PMKSY also includes central funding of 90% of the water component for two national projects: the Renukaji Dam Project in Himachal Pradesh and the Lakhwar Multipurpose Project in Uttarakhand. These projects will provide the beginning of storage in the Yamuna basin, benefiting six states in the upper Yamuna basin, augmenting water supply to Delhi as well as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, UP, Haryana, and Rajasthan. This is a major step towards rejuvenating the Yamuna.

PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana Extended for Another Five Years

The Indian government has decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for another five years, until the financial year 2026. The PMKSY is a program aimed at increasing irrigation coverage and improving water use efficiency in Indian agriculture. The extension of the program was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and comes with a budget allocation of Rs. 93,068 crore.

The PMKSY extension will focus on completing ongoing projects, particularly those in tribal and drought-prone areas, and will also provide funding for two national projects: the Renukaji Dam Project in Himachal Pradesh and the Lakhwar Multipurpose Project in Uttarakhand. These projects aim to provide water storage in the Yamuna basin, benefiting six states in the upper Yamuna basin and augmenting water supply to Delhi and other states.

In addition to these projects, the PMKSY extension also includes a component called Har Khet Ko Pani (HKKP), which aims to enhance physical access to water on farms and expand cultivable areas under assured irrigation. Overall, the government's goal is to create additional irrigation potential of 13.88 lakh hectares and bring an additional 2.5 lakh hectares under protective irrigation by 2026.

The PMKSY was first launched in 2015 with the goal of increasing irrigation coverage in the country and improving water use efficiency in agriculture. It brings together various existing schemes and programs under a single umbrella to provide a more comprehensive and cohesive approach to water management in agriculture. The program includes components such as the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), On Farm Water Management (OFWM), and Watershed Development, which focus on different aspects of water management, such as source creation, distribution, and conservation.

The extension of the PMKSY is a positive step towards improving water availability and irrigation coverage in the country, which will in turn help to increase agricultural productivity and boost the livelihoods of farmers. The program's focus on completing ongoing projects and providing funding for new projects in tribal and drought-prone areas is particularly important, as these areas often lack access to irrigation and are more vulnerable to crop failures and food insecurity.

In summary, The PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana, which was launched by the government of India in 2015 to extend the coverage of irrigation and improve water use efficiency in a focused manner, has been extended for another five years by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. The extension of the scheme will help to create additional irrigation potential of 13.88 lakh hectares and bring an additional 2.5 lakh hectares under protective irrigation by 2026, benefitting farmers and agriculture sector.

PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana: Key Components and Funding

Component Description Targeted Irrigation Potential (2021-2026) Central Funding
Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) Financial support for irrigation projects 13.88 lakh hectares 90% of water component for 2 national projects (Renukaji Dam Project, Lakhwar Multipurpose Project)
Har Khet Ko Pani (HKKP) Enhancement of physical access to water on farms and expansion of cultivable area under assured irrigation 4.5 lakh hectares (surface minor irrigation and repair-renovation-restoration of water bodies)
1.52 lakh hectares (Ground Water component)
60% central assistance (rejuvenation of water bodies in urban and rural areas)
Provisional funding for 2021-22 (Ground Water component)
Watershed Development Development of rainfed areas towards soil and water conservation, regeneration of ground water, arresting runoff and promoting extension activities related to water harvesting and management 2.5 lakh hectares (49.5 lakh hectare rainfed/ degraded lands under protective irrigation) Funding for sanctioned projects and specific provision for development of springsheds

Note: The PMKSY also includes the On Farm Water Management (OFWM) component of the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, for more information you can refer PMKSY official website

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