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This File was last Updated/Modified: November 03 2014 16:54:54.Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Minor Irrigation Programme

Dated 20th November 2000


1. Prof B.D. Dhawan, Prof. and Head, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, Delhi Chairman
2. Adviser (WR), Planning Commission Member
3. Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources Member
4. Chairman. Central Ground Water Board Member
5. Project Director, Water Technology Centre Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa Campus, New Delhi Member
6. Shri A Mohanakrishnan, Adviser to Govt. of Tamil Nadu (Water Resources) "Cauvery Illam" Government Museum Compound, 16. Pantheon Road. Chennai – 600008 Member
7. Economic and Statistical Adviser. Directorate of Economics and Statistics. Ministry of Agriculture Member
8. A representative of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Member
9. Jt. Secretary (FB), Deptt. of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance Member
10. Shri A.K.Sood Joint Secretary, National Committee for the use of Plastics In Agriculture, Himalaya House (2nd Floor), 23 Kusturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi- 110001. Member
11. Commissioner (PR and MI), Ministry of Water Resources Member
12. A representative of Deptt. of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment Member
13. A representative of Rural Electrification Corporation Member
14. A representative of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Member
15. A representative of Department of Banking Ministry of Finance. Member

State Irrigation/Water Resources Secretary of

16. Arunachal Pradesh Member
17. Assam Member
18. Himachal Pradesh Member
19. Madhya Pradesh Member
20. Tamil Nadu Member
21. Uttar Pradesh Member
22. West Bengal Member
23. Sr. Joint Commissioner (MI) Ministry of Water Resources. Member-Secretary


1. Sh. M. Krishnappa, Former Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka, No. 1921, 30th Cross, 13th main, Banshankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560070. Member
2. Sh. R.S. Saxena, Chief Engineer (Rtd.) 319-8. SFS Flats. C-3. Janakpuri, Pankha Road, New Delhi-110058. Member
3. Executive Director, Dhan Foundation, 18, Pittaiyar Koil Street, SS Colony, Madurai, Tamil Nadu - 625010. Member
4. Shri Narahari Venugaopal Reddy, 23-6-202, Near Nature Cure Hospital Hunter Road. Hanamkonda, Warangal -506001, Andhra Pradesh Member

Terms of reference :

  1. To review the Ninth Five Year Plan physical and financial performance of the Sector, Central and Staiewise.
  2. To review the performance of projects completed so far with regard to improvements in productivity, extension in agricultural activities, rise in ground water level etc. as well as environmental impacts.
  3. To suggest appropriate strategy and formulate year wise proposals for the Tenth Five Year Plan(2002-2007), target-wise and investment-wise, indicating the priorities.
  4. To review the present mode of funding and suggest ways for expeditious completion of projects.
  5. To review the present status (Statewise) of tank irrigation and suggest measures and investments required for rehabilitation/modernization/renovation of these tanks.
  6. To review the performance of local rain water harvesting schemes and the measures needed to popularize such schemes.
  7. To evolve realistic strategy and suggest measures to improve irrigation efficiency of minor irrigation projects so as to ensure equitable, timely and optimal delivery of water to farmers.
  8. To review the Statewise status and performance of ground water development and management and suggest measures to ensure sustainable development
  9. To suggest appropriate measures and suitable strategies for raising revenues from minor irrigation works including State Minor I-rigation/ Ground Water (Tubewell) Corporations and for optimum utilization of the existing assets i.e., irrigation systems and manpower.
  10. To review the availability of institutional finance to this Sector and suggest ways for enhancing fund flow for this Sector as well as to cut down on procedural delays.
  11. To suggest measure? for enhancing private sector investments in the minor irrigation projects including in their O and M.
  12. To review the existing data availability and suggest measures to improve the data collection storing and retrieval methods.
  13. To assess the employment potential in the Tenth Five Year Plan and requirements and training needs of various categories nf personnel needed for the sector in the Plan period.
  14. To prepare a S and T Plan for minor irrigation including ground water.

The Working Group may co-opt a Member(s) as may be required.

Expenditure of the Members on TA/DA in connection with the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the respective Departments/Ministries/Organisations. Expenditure in respect of non-official Members will be borne by the Planning Commission as per rules and regulations of TA/DA as applicable to Group 'A' Officers of the Government of India.

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