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Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme

The Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) was launched during 1996- 1997 to give loan assistance to the States to help them complete some of the incomplete major/medium irrigation projects which were at an advanced stage of completion and to create additional irrigation potential in the country. The Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes of North-Eastern States, Hilly States of Sikkim, Uttranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi Districts of Orossa have also been provided Central Loan Assistance (CLA) under this programme since 1999-2000. Grant component has been introduced in the programme from April 2004 like other Central Sector Schemes. As per the existing AIBP criteria effective from December 2006, grant amounting to 25% of the project cost for major and medium irrigation projects in non-special category States and 90% grant of the project cost for major/medium/minor irrigation projects in special category States ( including Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi Districts of Odisha) are provided to the selected projects. The minor irrigation schemes in non-special category States falling in drought prone/tribal areas are treated at par with special category States and are provided 90% grant of the project cost. Major and medium projects providing irrigation benefits to drought prone/tribal area and flood prone area are also eligible for 90% grant of the project cost. The State Governments have been provided an amount of about Rs.36,534 crores as CLA/Grant under AIBP since inception of this programme till 07.07.2009 for 268 major/medium irrigation projects and 9,908 Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes. After commencement of this programme, 109 major/medium projects and 6,584 Surface MI Schemes have been reported to be completed so far. An additional irrigation potential of 5.44 million hectare has been created through major/medium irrigation projects and an irrigation potential of 0.45 million hectare has been created through Surface MI Schemes up to March 2009.

Initial budget allocation for AIBP for the year 2008-09 was of Rs.4,300 crores. Under PM's stimulus package, an additional allocation of Rs.2300 crores was provided for AIBP. Thus, total allocation was of Rs.6,600 crores. Against this allocation, the actual expenditure during the year was about Rs.7,598 crores. For the year 2009-10, budget allocation is Rs.8,000 crores.

As per the existing AIBP guidelines, projects benefiting drought prone/tribal area, project included in the Prime Minister's Relief Package for Agrarian Distress Districts of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and projects in the States having irrigation development below national average could be included in AIBP of the 65 major/medium projects initially included in the Prime Minister's Relief Package for Agrarian Distressed Districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, so far 38 projects have been funded under AIBP. The grant released so far for these projects is about Rs.4,369 crores.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 17-02-2011