Govt to revisit Watershed management guidelines

The guidelines provided for Integrated Watershed Management Programme to be revised as State Governments found the current guidelines rigid and inflexible to their requirement.

  • The States have demanded that the cost of Rs 15,000 per hectare allocated for Naxal affected areas to implement watershed management programme should also be extended to areas with special problems.
  • It is also recommended that the money for the programme on rural development tol be released on NREGA model twice a year based on the yearly action plan of the state government with the first installment of 60% of the amount and the second installment of 40% following the completion of phase-I.
  • Ministry of Rural Development also felt the need for authentic data to satellite imagery for efficient programme implementation.

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