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AIBP Guidelines
MODIFIED GUIDELINES FOR THE ACCELERATED IRRIGATION BENEFITS PROGRAMME (AIBP) EFFECTIVE FROM DECEMBER 2006
  • ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR FUNDING
    • Major, medium and Extension, Renovation & Modernization (ERM) irrigation projects (a) having investment clearance of Planning Commission (b) are in advanced stage of construction and can be completed in the next four financial year (c) are not receiving any other form of financial assistance can be considered for inclusion in the programme. Components of the projects not receiving any other form of financial assistance can also be considered for inclusion in the programme. The eligibility criteria as per prevailing guidelines for selection of ERM project will continue. New project could be included in programme only on completion of an ongoing project under AIBP on one to one basis EXCEPT FOR projects benefiting (a) drought-prone areas; (b) tribal areas; (c) states with lower irrigation development as compared to national average; and (d) districts identified under the PM’s package for agrarian distress districts. The list of the projects included in the PM’s package is given in Annexure-I.
    • Surface minor irrigation (MI) schemes (both new as well as ongoing) of states of North-East, Hilly states (Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttaranchal) and drought prone KBK districts of Orissa which are approved by State TAC / State Planning Department will be eligible for assistance under the programme provided that (i) individual schemes are benefiting irrigation potential of at least 20 ha. and group of schemes (within a radius of 5 km) benefiting total ultimate irrigation potential of at least 50 ha. (iii) proposed MI schemes have benefit cost ratio of more than 1 and (iv) the development cost of these schemes per ha. is less than Rs.1.00 lakh. For Non-special category states, only those minor irrigation schemes with potential more than 50 hectare which serve tribal areas and drought prone areas could be included under AIBP. The schemes to be taken up will be decided in consultation with Planning Commission.
  • TERMS OF FUNDING AND MODE OF DISBURSEMENT
    • The central assistance will be in the form of central grant which will be 90% of project cost in case of special category States*, projects benefiting drought prone area, tribal area and flood prone area and 25% of project cost in case of Non-special category States**. The balance cost of the project as the state’s share is to be arranged by the state government from its own resources.
    • During a financial year, the sanctioned grant will be released in two installments. The first installment based on projected outlay and the second installment after confirmation of expenditure. The grant component amounting to 90% of the total grant sanctioned will be released immediately and balance 10% will be released when 70% of the agreed expenditure is incurred. Funding for the years subsequent to the first year will be based on the confirmation of expenditure of the previous years.
    • The grant component along with the state share must be released to the project authorities by the state governments within 15 days of its release by the Government of India.
    • State governments will be required to enter into an MoU with the MoWR (Annexure II for major/medium projects and Annexure III for minor irrigation schemes) for each individual project under the programme indicating balance cost, balance potential, year-wise phasing of expenditure vis-à-vis balance potential and agreement to create targeted irrigation potential in four financial years for major/medium projects and two financial years for minor irrigation schemes along with target date of completion. In addition to above, for minor irrigation schemes in Non-special category states, the state government would give an undertaking (Annexure-IV) for their completion on schedule in two financial years and formation of Water Users Association for post construction maintenance.
    • The Utilization Certificate shall be issued by the Chief Engineer of the project and countersigned by Secretary (Water Resources/ Irrigation)/ Secretary (Finance) of the state government. The Utilization Certificate must contain physical achievement of Irrigation Potential as agreed to in the MoU on year to year basis. In case, the physical achievements in a particular year are less than that agreed to in the MoU, further grant will be released only on achieving physical target. The final target date of completion will however not be changed from that entered into MoU.
    • If the State Governments fails to comply with the agreed date of completion, the grant component released will be treated as loan and recovered as per usual terms of recovery of the Central Loan.
    • The States would be required to submit audited statements of expenditure incurred on the AIBP component of the project within nine months of the completion of the financial year. The release of central assistance of the following years will not be considered if audited statement of expenditure is not furnished within nine months of release of central assistance.
    • The State Governments should confirm the project specific budget provision for work to be done under AIBP on year to year basis.
  • MONITORING OF PROJECTS
    • A comprehensive physical and financial periodical monitoring of major/medium projects will be carried out by Central Water Commission/Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Programme Implementation with emphasis on quality control. The monitoring visit and submission of Status Reports will be carried out by the Central Water Commission at least twice a year for the period ending March and September of the year. The releases of subsequent installments will be based on physical and financial verification and the recommendations 4 of Central Water Commission to the satisfaction of Ministry of Water Resources. The latest techniques such as monitoring through Remote Sensing Technology may be used by the Govt. of India to monitor the progress of works specifically, the Irrigation Potential created and States are required to provide necessary input details of Project to the Central Govt. from time to time even after completion of Project.
    • Monitoring of the minor irrigation schemes has to be done by the State Government themselves through agencies independent of construction agencies. These schemes would also be monitored periodically on sample basis by Central Water Commission and assessed against predetermined targets by the Ministry of Water Resources.
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