Hyderabad: The State-level sanctioning committee on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), which oversees implementation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), gave on Thursday financial approval of Rs 7,190 crore for the current year to carry out agriculture-related programmes in the State.
Chief Secretary SK Joshi, who is the chairman of the committee, held a meeting and also discussed the schemes taken up during 2017-18.
Under AIBP, of the total outlay, Rs 5,093 crore would be spent on providing micro-irrigation facilities in 2.80 lakh hectares, Joshi said. Last year, under micro irrigation scheme, water was provided to 7.2 lakh hectares.
“Farmers can apply online for micro-irrigation facility systems,” he said, adding that the Union Agriculture Ministry had approved risk-based internal audit report on PMSKY, and water utilisation for various crops had come down from 40 per cent to 30 per cent in the State after implementing micro-irrigation schemes.
The CS said the State had set a target of 11 micro-irrigation projects spread over 6.37 lakh hectares under AIBP.
“The government has so far provided water to 3.09 lakh hectares and another 1.67 lakh hectares would be covered during 2018-19,” he said, adding that under Repair, Renovation and Restoration (RRR), the State had decided to carry out works in 494 water bodies.
Joshi said KFW mission team from Germany had appreciated the micro irrigation programmes in the State. Special Chief Secretary Ajay Mishra, Principal Secretaries Adhar Simha, Vikas Raj, Parthasarathi and Agriculture Commissioner M Jagan Mohan and other officials participated in the meeting.
59 urban parks in HMDA
The Chief Secretary said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wanted to develop urban forest parks on a mission mode.
Chairing the first high-power committee meeting on urban forest parks, he said during the first phase, the government would develop 59 parks in Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) limits.
He directed various departments such as HMDA, GHMC, TSIIC, Forest, Tourism and Metro Rail to take up works for developing the parks. He also said Collectors of seven districts which fall under HMDA limits should constitute special committees with officials concerned to develop these parks.