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Government of India
Cabinet
18-November-2010 19:46 IST
Modification in the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)
The Union Cabinet today approved modification in the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) to set up a Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC) in the Zilla Parishad/ District Level implementing Agency/ concerned Departments in all programme districts. This would be in addition to the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) to strengthen professional support in the districts implementing large number of watersheds with area more than 25,000 ha.

According to an earlier decision of the Cabinet in February 2009, the approval for the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), the State Governments were requested to establish State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) at State level and Watershed Cell cum Data Centre (WCDC) in the DRDAs for implementation of IWMP. IWMP is being implemented at the District level by various agencies/ Departments. Under these circumstances, provision for setting up of WCDC only in DRDAs hampers fund flows to the Project Implementation Agencies in States where DRDAs are not the Project Implementation Agencies.

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