Consider the following statements: 

  1. Accelerated Irrigation Benefits programme is a programme of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
  2. This programme was launched in 1996-97 to extend financial assistance to the States for completion of identified ongoing irrigation projects

Which among the above statements is / are correct?

[A] 1 only
[B] 2 only
[C] Both are correct
[D] None of them is correct
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