Working Groups for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012)

Rainfed Areas

Dated 2nd March 2006

It has been decided to set up a Working Group on "Rainfed Areas" for the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

II. The Composition of the Working Group is as under:

1. Dr. Y.K. Alagh Former Member of Planning Commission and Ex Minister, Government of India 45 Surtara, Near Sal Hospital Thaltej, Ahemdabad - 380054. Chairperson
2. Shri M.L.Mehta, IAS (Retd.) Ex-Chief Secretary, Rajasthan 5, Keshav Vihar, Gopal Pura Bypass Jaipur - 18 (Tel. 2761191, 2760200) Member
3. Shri Pradeep Jena, IAS Coordinator, UNDP Bhubaneswar (Orissa) Member
4. Shri Harnath Jagawat, Director N.S.Sadguru Trust, P.B.71, DAHOD - 389151 Member
5. Dr. Bhaskar Gaikwad, Chief Scientist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Babhaleshwar, Rahata Taluka, Ahmednagar District, - 413737 Member
6. Prof. G.Kadekodi, Director, Institute of Economic and Social Change, Bangalore. Member
7. Shri Tushar Shah, Principal Scientist, International Water Management Institute, Elecon, Anand-Sojitra Road, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat - 388120 Tel. No. 02692-229310 Member
8. Shri Deep Joshi, Executive Director, PRADAN, 3, Community Shopping Centre, Niti Bagh, New Delhi - 110049 Member
9. Dr. Ravi Kumar, CMD, National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Limited, C-1, Block G, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), Mumbai - 400 051 Member
10. Dr. Ramesh Chand, National Centre for Economic Analysis and Policy, ICAR, PUSA, New Delhi Member
11. Dr. A.K.Singh, Director, Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Niralanagar, Lucknow
12. Dr. Y.S.Ramakrishna, Director, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Santosh Nagar, Hyderabad - 500059 Member
13. Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad Member
14. Smt. Renuka Viswanathan, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development,New Delhi Member
15. Smt. Radha Singh, Secretary, Deptt. of Agriculture and Cooperation, New Delhi Member
16. Shri Prodipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi Member
17. Shri J.S.Samra, Dy. Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi Member
18. Shri Lambor Rynjah, Additional Secretary, Department of Land Reforms, New Delhi Member-Convener

III. The Terms of References of the Working Group will be as follows:-

  1. Measures for harmonization of incentive programmes and organisation for land and water development at Agro-climatic sub region levels and its integration at higher levels.
  2. Suggest economic and financial incentives for sustainable land and water development programmes.
  3. Suggest suitable policies for technological support and economic and financial policies for integrating tree crops, bio-fuels etc.
  4. Review and widen watershed based framework for implementation of integrated Natural Resource Management in rainfed areas with emphasis upon participatory village and family based planning and diversification of land use and farming systems.
  5. Suggest the programmes for marketing, infrastructure and policy support for income generation in post water harvesting phases such as market integration support possibilities, value addition strategic linkups between farmers and producers associations and corporate and profit making groups engaged in national and global markets.
  6. Suggest modalities to enable Gram Panchayats to access funds under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for development of Rainfed agriculture.
  7. Any other Terms of Reference that may be decided by the Working Group in its first meeting.

IV. 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 Eleventh Five Year Plan.

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

VI. The expenditure of the official members for attending the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the respective parent Department/Ministry/Organisations as per the rules applicable to them. The expenditure regarding TA/DA of non-official Members will be borne by the Planning Commission according to the appropriate rules and practices.

VII. The Working Group will submit its final report to the Planning Commission by 31st July, 2006.