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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Watershed Development, Rainfed Farming and Natural Resources Management

Dated 15th November 2000


1 Shri J C Pant, Former Secretary (A and C),
G01, Shraddha Kunj, 150, Vasant Vihar, Dehradun - 248 006
2 Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests,
C.G.O. Complex Paryavaran Bhawan, New Delhi- 110003
3. Adviser(RD) Planning Commission, New Delhi Member
4. Shri Mohan kanda, Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources,
Ministry of Rural Development, G-Wing , NBO Building, Nirman Bhawan , New Delhi- 1.
5 Dr G.B Singh, Former DDG (NRM), ICAR, C-ll/13 1, Satya Marg, Chanakya Pun, New Delhi-2 1 , Member
6. Dr IP. Abrol, Former DDG (Soils and Agro) Centre for Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture,
Vasant Kunj.New Delhi- 110070.
7 Dr. M. Velayutham Director, National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning,
Shankar Nagar, Amraboty Raod, Nagpur- 462038
8 Dr J S. Samra, DDG 0-RM), ICAR, Knshi Bhavan, New Delhi-1 Member
9. Dr. V Venkateshwarlu Consultant, Central Institute for Dry Land Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad-500059. Member
10 Shri Kishan Babu Rao alias Anna Sahab Hazare Hindu Sawraj Trust, Firodia Hostel,
Near D.M. Collage, Agarkar Road, Pune-41 1004, Maharastra
11. AVM. S. Sahni Deveiopment Alternatives, 1077, CivU Line, Jhanshi - 284001, UP. Member
!2. Shri Harnath Jagawat, Director, NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation,
Post Box No 71, Dahod-389151, Gujarat
13. Dr. Rita Sharma, Joint Secretary ( NRM and RFS),DAC, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi- 1 Member
14. Joint Adviser(Agri), Planning Commission, New Delhi- 1 Member Secretary

Terms of Reference

  1. To review the performance of various central and centrally sponsored schemes being implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation during the Ninth Plan with reference to their goals set both in terms of physical and financial achievements and to suggest modifications so as to make these programmes more effective in realising the objectives of soil and water conservation, land reclamation and development and rainfed / dryland agriculture programmes for the sustainable development of natural resources.
  2. To review the performance and impact of various programmes based on watershed development approach such as National Watershed Development Programme for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA), Watershed development programme in shifting cultivation areas (WDPSCA),watershed programmes of River Valley Projects(RVP) and Flood Prone Rivers(FPR) of the Ministry of Agriculture, the watershed programme implemented under Drought Prone Areas Peogramme (DPAP), Desert Development Programme(DDP), Integrated Watershed Development programmme (IWDP) , Technology Development, Extension and Training (TDET) and Investment Promotional Scheme (IPS) implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development and the other programme- of the Ministry of Environment and Forest as well as the . externally aided projects being-undertaken-in various states in raising land productivity, cropping intensity, insitu moisture conservation, safeguard on the measures for prevention of silt deposition in the reservoirs, bio-mass production and overall economic and social upgradation in the rainfed / watershed areas.
  3. To review the programmes of land reclamation during the Ninth Plan and suggest measures for making these" cost effective and popular with private sector participation and also taking up programmes for some special problematic land/ soils.
  4. The Working Group may also study the feasibility far the involvement of and investment by the private sector in mechanized land reclamation development of problem soils waste land at a large scale, under common property regimes and state property regimes, on sharing basis or on lease contract for the fixed period for production of high value crops
  5. Working group may suggest measures programmes for land resources development for the Tenth Five Year Plan and the requirements of funds as also the area to be covered under the programme of various Ministries Departments as well as State Governments

The Chairman of the Working Group may set up sub-groups task forces, if necessary for undertaking in-depth studies and formulation of proposals for the Tenth Five Year Plan.

The expenditure of the members on TA'DA in, connection with the meeting of the -Working Group will be borne by the parent Department Ministry Organisation The expenditure, if any. m respect of non-official members will be borne by the Planning Commission as per rules and regulations of TADA applicable to Grade I Officers of the Govt. of India.

The Working Group may co-opt official non- official experts representatives of other agencies, if required.

The Working Group will submit its final report to the Planning Commission by 31st March, 2001.