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AIBP Guidelines
MODIFIED GUIDELINES FOR THE ACCELERATED IRRIGATION BENEFITS PROGRAMME (AIBP) EFFECTIVE FROM OCTOBER 2013
  • ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION OF PROJECTS UNDER THE SCHEME

    A.1. Ongoing Major and Medium projects

    • Major and Medium Irrigation Projects (a) having investment clearance of Planning Commission, (b) are in advanced stage of construction and can be completed in the next four financial year can be considered for inclusion. Components of the projects not receiving any other form of financial assistance can also be considered for inclusion. New project# could also be included under AIBP on completion of an ongoing project on one to one basis(hereafter called as 1:1 criteria) EXCEPT FOR projects benefiting (i)drought-prone areas(DPAP areas) & Desert Prone Area(DDP areas), (ii)tribal areas*, (iii)States with lower irrigation development as compared to national average and (iv)Districts identified under the PM's package for agrarian distress districts(Annex-1). All the projects have to fulfill conditions as at (i) and (ii) above including the projects proposed by relaxation of 1:1 criteria.
    • The advanced stage of construction would imply that (i)Atleast 50% of latest approved estimated project cost already incurred and (ii)Atleast 50% of physical progress of essential works** of the project has taken place; and the proposal of the State for inclusion of project under AIBP must be supported by a credible construction schedule indicating the works already executed and works to be executed along with their costs.
    • While processing the release proposal for central assistance under AIBP, work component commensurate to work related to land under possession viz-a-viz annual progress of work will be considered.
    • The construction planning of the projects would be such that the AIBP works for creation of irrigation potential and the Command Area Development(CAD) works for utilization of irrigation potential are taken up simultaneously in case of new projects. However, in case of projects already included in AIBP prior to April 2013 and receiving central assistance:
      • If CAD works are already taken up, then construction planning for CAD works to be reviewed and modified by project authorities such that CAD works are completed within six months to one year of the completion of works under AIBP.
      • If CAD works are not started, then, taking up the CAD works with the target to complete parri passu (with a maximum of one year relaxation) so as to complete with the works under AIBP.
    • # a project which is ongoing but not yet included in AIBP.
      * a project will be said to be benefitting a tribal area, if the area benefitted is within scheduled area under schedule V of the Constitution of India.
      ** Essential works on-head works, earth works for canal, Land Acquisition R&R activities for reservoir area for enabling adequate storage to cover the command area being proposed now, finalization of designs and availability of construction drawings matching with completion of work as per award of work.

      A.2. Extension/Renovation and Modernisation Projects(ERM)

    • The Major/Medium ERM Projects (a)having investment clearance of Planning Commission, (b)Projects already completed and commissioned at least 10 years earlier from the proposed year of inclusion in AIBP, i.e. for current year projects completed before 2002-03 will qualify for inclusion. Inclusion may be permitted in the states/projects:
      • Which have agreed to reform in water sector i.e. to implement Micro Irrigation in at least 10% of command area. OR
      • Which have enacted Participatory Irrigation Management legislation and active working of Water User Association to maintain the system and collecting water cess. OR
      • Where new pontenial is also envisaged along with restoration of lost potential. OR
      • CAD works have been completed or taken up and likely to be completed.
      All the ERM projects have to fulfill condition as at (a) and (b) above at the time of inclusion in AIBP. Apart from the above, for inclusion of an ERM project in AIBP, the criteria of advanced stage of construction as at A.1.2 above should also be satisfied. The stipulation given at para A.1.4 above regarding CAD will also to be followed by ERM projects.
    • A.3. Surface minor irrigation(MI) schemes

    • Surface minor irrigation(MI) schemes(both new as well as ongoing) of Special Category States - North-Eastern states, Hilly states(Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand) and drought prone undivided Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi(KBK) districts of Odisha which are approved by State TAC will be eligible for assistance under the programme provided that (i)individual schemes have Culturable Command Area(CCA) of 10 hectare and cluster of MI schemes within radius of 5km having CCA of 20 hectare, (ii)proposed MI schemes have benefit cost ratio of more than 1 and (iii)the development per hectare of CCA of individual scheme is less than Rs.2.5 lakh.
      For Non-Special Category States, the individual surface minor irrigation schemes having CCA of 20 hectare and cluster of MI schemes within radius of 5km having total CCA of 50 hectare benefitting tribal areas, drought prone areas, desert prone areas and Left Wing Extremists Affected area will be eligible for assistance under AIBP.
  • TERMS OF FUNDING

    B.1. Major/Medium and ERM irrigation projects

    • The cost at the time of inclusion of any new project in the scheme of AIBP will be frozen for the purpose of working out the quantum central assistance, with the States being at liberty to fund the project from their own resources after the stipulated date of completion. The stipulated date of completion will be four years starting from the financial year of first release of Central Assistance and excluding year of inclusion. The projects which are not going as per schedule, time extension of maximum two years and escalation of cost by maximum 20% may be allowed based on justifications provided by the State with the approval of Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources.
    • The central assistance(CA) will be in the form of central grant which will be as follows:
      • On-going and new projects benefiting the Non-Special Category States may continue to be provided Central Assistance at 25% of the cost apportionable to irrigation and drinking water components. However, the quantum of Central Assistance could be enhanced upto 50% as an incentive for new projects subject to the condition that the States actually carry out water sector reforms1 as per the reform benchmarks to be laid down by the Ministry of Water Resources in due course.
      • For ongoing projects in Special area2 of Non-Special Category States, the Central Assistance under AIBP will be 75% of the cost of the project(work component) for eligible irrigation projects.
      • For new projects in Special areas of Non-Special Category States, the Central Assistance under AIBP will be 75% of the cost of the project(work component) for eligible irrigation projects.
      • Ongoing projects and the surface Minor Irrigation schemes benefitting Special Category States(including MI schemes of KBK regiion of Orissa) may continue to be eligible for 90% Central Assistance.
      • For new projects in Special Category States, the Central Assistance under AIBP will be 90% of the cost of the project(work component) for eligible Irrigation projects.
      • For the purpose of determining the quantum of assistance, a project benefiting Desert Development Programme(DDP) area/Desert Prone Area will be treated on a par with those benefiting DPAP areas and the new projects will be eligible for Central Assistance @90% for projects in Special Category States, while it will be 75% for projects in Non-Special Category States. The DDP areas will be as identified by the Ministry of Rural Development in their published documents. The ongoing projects already under AIBP and benefiting Desert Development Programme(DDP)/Desert Prone Area will continue to get Central Assistance @25%
      1 Till finalization of reform benchmarks by MOWR, following measures will be considered as water reform i)Measurement on volumeric basis, ii)participatory Irrigation Management, iii)Active working of Water User Association, iv)Micro Irrigation, v)Collection at water cess by Water User Association and vi)Maintenance by Water User Association. With implementation of any three of the above, the State Government will become eligible for enhanced funding.
      2 The Special Areas for major/medium irrigation projects will denote DPAP areas, Flood prone areas, Desert Prone Area/DDP Areas.

      B.2. Surface Minor Irrigation schemes

    • The cost at the time of inclusion of any new project in the scheme of AIBP will be frozen for the purpose of working out the quantum of central assistance, with the States being at liberty to fund the project from their own resources after the stipuated date of completion. The stipulated date of completion will be two years starting from the financial year of first release of Central Assistance and excluding year of inclusion. The projects which are not going as per schedule, time extension of maximum two years and escalation of cost by maximum 20% may be allowed based on justification provided by the State with the approval of Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources.
    • The central assistance(CA) will be in the form of central grant which will be as follows:
      • Ongoing schemes of Drought Prone Area Programme(DPAP)/Tribal Area(TA) of Non-Special Category States will continue to get Central Assistance at the rate of 90%.
      • Ongoing schemes benefiting Special Category States(including MI schemes of KBK region of Orissa) may continue to be eligible for 90% Central Assistance.
      • For new projects in Special areas3 of Non-Special Category States, the Central Assistance under AIBP wil be 75% of the cost of the project(work component) for eligible irrigation projects.
      • For new projects in Special Category States, the Central Assistance under AIBP will be 90% of the cost of the project(work component) for eligible Irrigation projects.
      3 The Special Areas for surface minor irrigation projects will denote DPAP areas, Tribal Areas, Flood prone areas, Desert Prone Area/DDP Areas and Left Wing extremist areas including MI schemes of KBK region of Orissa.

  • MODE OF DISBURSEMENT
    The central assistance(CA) would be released in the following manner:
    • For projects receiving central assistance @25% and upto 50% of project cost, the 90% of CA to be released after release of at least 50% share of the State.
    • For projects receiving assistance higher than 50%, the 50% of CA to be released after the State releases its full share.
    • Balance/Second installment of CA to be released after obtaining UC of minimum of 50% of CA released earlier.
    • Next year installment to be released after obtaining 100% utilization of funds released in the previous year(s).
  • Important points to be taken into consideration by the States while submitting the proposal for central assistance under AIBP
    • The proposals(including CADA_WM components with investment clearance) for release of CA from the State Governments will be submitted by State Governments to the corresponding field offices of CWC. The field office of CWC will check the proposal at the time of submission itself towards its comleteness.
    • In case of surface Minor Irrigation schemes, the Panchayati Raj Institutions will be consulted at an appropriate level by the Irrigation/Water Resources Department of the concerned State before submitting the proposal for release of CA under AIBP from the Financial Year 2014-15 onwards.
    • State Governments will be required to enter into an MoU with the MoWR(Annex-II for major/medium projects and Annex-III for minor irrigation schemes) for each individual project under the programme.
    • The Utilization Certificate shal be issued by the Chief Engineer of the project and coutersigned by Secretary(Water Resources/Irrigation) of the state government. The Utilization Certificate must contain physical achievement of Irrigation Potential and financial progress/expenditure on AIBP and CADWM components as agreed to in the MoU on year to year basis.
    • The Utilization Certificate shall be issued for the expenditure incurred as on 31st March of the Financial Year(FY) of funding. It is desirable to aviod bunching of funds.
    • The State Governments should make every effort to submit the proposal for release of 1st installment CA in the first quarter of the FY with proper budget certificate, so that the State Governments may request for 2nd installment in that FY. It is desirable for even distribution of expenditure in a given FY.
    • The quarterly physical target and progress certificate both for AIBP and CAD shall be issued by the Chief Engineer of the project and countersigned by Secretary(Water Resources/Irrigation) of the State Government and should reach to field monitoring unit of CWC by first week of July, October, January and April(of next financial year).
    • States will have to ensure that there is no overlapping of the works under taken in the Minor Irrigation schemes and the works under taken in the M.N.R.E.G.S and other schemes of Central and State Government.
    • If the State Governemtns fails to comply with the agreed date of completion, the grant component released will be treated as loan and recovered as per usual terms of recovery of the Central Loan.
    • The State Government should make matching budget allocation abd rekease for CAD activities proportionate to creation of potential under AIBP components.
    • The States would be required to submit audited statements of expenditure incurred on the AIBP component of the project within nine months of the completion of the financial year. The release of central assistance of the following years wil not be considered if audited statement of expenditure is not furnished within nine months of release of central assistance.
    • A project will be treated as 'completed' only when the corresponding CADWM works and the R&R works are completed.
    • Concurrent evaluation of the project by State Government is mandatory at the end of each Financial Year during the period of funding.
  • MONITORING OF PROJECTS

    E.1. The Major/Medium projects are to be monitored as per following procedure:

    • By State Governments:
      The quartely monitoring report on Physical and Financial component wise(including CAD component) progress should reach to Chief Engineer(PMO) and Chief Engineer(CE) of the concerned field office of CWC. At the end of each year and on completion of the project, paper print of Satellite imagery clearly indicating the project components should reach to Chief Engineer(PMO), CWC and to concerned regional CWC Chief Engineer's office.
      Project level and State level Monitoring committee for environment safe guard implementation to be activated immediately for the project under AIBP.
      State Governments is to submit a Quality Assurance report certifying that "All mandatory quality checks prescribed for construction material, construction procedure both in number and frequency has been carried out and all the results are within prescribed limits. The quality of works constructed and under construction is of good quality. Payments to contractors have been released based on Quality work. The mandatory inspections required by supervisory staff of all quality control labs is being carried out."
      For monitoring of the distribution network related works, a list of all the major structures, outlets to be covered in the year concerned and rail/road crossings/utility crossings shoud be defined as targets and monitored for their achievement.
    • At Central Level:
      All major and medium projects where funds have been released in the previous year are to be monitored once in a year by concerned field office of CWC. The CWC(HQ) will monitor inter-state projects.
      A checklist for status of outlets after each visit will be required to be attached with the monitoring report. CWC may check at least 10% of the total outlets completed. Targets of monitoring by field offices of CWC will be fixed with the approval of MoWR.

    E.2. The surface Minor Irrigation projects are to be monitored as per following procedure:

    • Monitoring of the minor irrigation schemes has to be done by the State Government based on Geographic Information System(GIS) maps and each Minor Irrigation Schemes to be given a Unique Identification Code(U.I.C) Monitoring will be done through agencies independent of construction agencies.
    • These schemes would also be monitored periodically on sample basis(at least 5% of MI Schemes) by the concerned regional Offices of Central Water Commission and will be assessesd against predetermined targets set by the Ministry of Water Resources.
    • Evaluation will be carried out for completed MI schemes by the State Governemtn through independent agency.
    • Monitoring of CAD works will be carried out by monitoring visit of CAD group of MoWR at least once a year wherever CADWM funding is going on.

    * The Special Category States covers the North Eastern States, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttaranchal. The projects in the undivided Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi(KBK) districts of Orissa will also be treated at par with Special Category States.
    ** All other states not covered in Special Category shall be Non-Special Category States.
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