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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
26-April-2012 18:43 IST
109.77 Million Hectare Irrigation Potential Created
The vision for Integrated Water Resources Development & Management, proposed by the Ministry of Water Resources in 2003 inter-alia stipulates to add an additional irrigation potential of 20 million ha. in the next 15 years to meet the food and fiber requirements for a projected population of 1200 million by 2015 and 1600 million by 2050,ensuring food security.

The Ministry is providing Central Assistance to State Governments for Creation/ Utilisation of irrigation potential, through the schemes viz. Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP), Command Area Development & Water Management (CAD&WM) and Repairs, Renovation and Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies. Out of 139.89 million ha. of Ultimate irrigation potential, 109.77 million ha. have been created till 2010-11.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources & Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.