A State level recognized committee meeting for acceptance of the scheme proposals Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme (PMAIS) given by various departments was held yesterday evening. The meeting was presided over by Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal.
While presiding over the meeting he said that the Government of India had started the Prime Minister’s Agricultural Irrigation Scheme for the purpose of increasing the optimum use of water access in the field and for expanding the agricultural sector under assured irrigation scheme in the year 2015.
He said that total projects worth Rs. 896.23 crore have been proposed for the year 2019-20, out of which Rs. 791.95 crore would be given by the Government of India and Rs. 87.99 crore would be spent by the State Government on 90:10 basis.
B. K. Agrawal instructed all the Heads of the departments to assess the timely impact assessment of all the projects being implemented in the State so that the beneficiaries benefited from the project could be identified. He also asked to effectively implement agriculture related activities effectively so that the crop diversification could be promoted.
Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Onkar Chand Sharma said that the Prime Minister Agricultural Irrigation Scheme is a major scheme for the high growth of agriculture sector in the state. The scheme aims to bring prosperity in the rural areas by producing more crops and by bringing uniformity in the investment. He said that this scheme endeavors to increase the agricultural area and make the sustainable use of water so as to reduce the wastage of water. He said that various departments such as Agriculture, Irrigation and Public Health Department, Horticulture Department and Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Department are implementing the schemes in a planned manner.
Secretary Finance Akshay Sood, Director Agriculture Department Dr. Des Raj Sharma, Director, Central Water Commission Shimla O.P.Gupta, Assistant Land Records Officer, Government of India Vijay Kumar Pawar and representatives of various departments attended the meeting.