The major objective of PMKSY is to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level,
expand cultivable area under assured irrigation, improve on-farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water,
enhance the adoption of precision-irrigation and other water saving technologies (More crop per drop),
enhance recharge of aquifers and introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated
municipal waste water for peri-urban agriculture and attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system.
PMKSY has been conceived amalgamating ongoing schemes viz. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of the Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR,RD&GR), Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) of Department of Land Resources (DoLR)
and the On Farm Water Management (OFWM) of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC). The scheme will be implemented by Ministries of Agriculture,
Water Resources and Rural Development. Ministry of Rural Development is to mainly undertake rain water conservation,
construction of farm pond, water harvesting structures, small check dams and contour bunding etc. MoWR, RD &GR, is to
undertake various measures for creation of assured irrigation source, construction of diversion canals, field channels, water diversion/lift irrigation,
including development of water distribution systems. Ministry of Agriculture will promote efficient water conveyance and
precision water application devices like drips, sprinklers, pivots, rain-guns in the farm “(Jal Sinchan)”,
construction of micro-irrigation structures to supplement source creation activities, extension activities for promotion of scientific moisture
conservation and agronomic measures
Programme architecture of PMKSY will be to adopt a ‘decentralized State level planning and projectised execution’ structure that will allow
States to draw up their own irrigation development plans based on District Irrigation Plan (DIP) and State Irrigation Plan (SIP).
It will be operative as convergence platform for all water sector activities including drinking water & sanitation, MGNREGA, application of
science & technology etc. through comprehensive plan. State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) chaired by the Chief Secretary of the State will
be vested with the authority to oversee its implementation and sanction projects.
The programme will be supervised and monitored by an Inter-Ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC) will be constituted under the
Chairmanship of Prime Minister with Union Ministers from concerned Ministries. A National Executive Committee (NEC) will be constituted under the
Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog to oversee programme implementation, allocation of resources, inter ministerial coordination,
monitoring & performance assessment, addressing administrative issues etc.