13 December 2020, Chandigarh , IN: Haryana Government has decided to restructure the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) as Micro Irrigation and Command Area Development Authority (MICADA) for the effective implementation of Micro Irrigation projects especially in the water deficient areas, along with watercourses work on various canal commands in the State.
This and several other decisions were taken in a meeting regarding restructuring of Command Area Development Authority (CADA) held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today.
Mr Manohar Lal said that the aim of the present State Government has been to ensure optimum and effective utilization of available water resources in the State. He directed that while implementing the micro irrigation projects, priority should be given to the areas having scarcity of water. Apart from this, farmers should be educated about the benefits of micro irrigation so as to encourage them to adopt micro irrigation techniques in agriculture to conserve water.
It was decided in the meeting to ensure 30 per cent component of Micro Irrigation in MICADA works expenditure with 10 per cent progressive increase every year. Decision was also taken to formulate a subsidy scheme for the setting up of water tanks on farmer’s land, for agriculture crops on the lines of Horticulture Department. Besides, the work for the rehabilitation of watercourses would be transferred from the Department of Irrigation and Water Resources to MICADA.
It was also decided that MICADA would formulate a ‘Watercourse Construction Policy’ to further promote micro irrigation in the State. It was decided that ancillary agriculture tariff would be applicable for power consumption in the micro irrigation projects and for the successful and effective implementation of these projects, demand driven approach would be taken instead of supply driven.
Decision was taken in the meeting that micro irrigation based demonstration farms would be established to abreast the farmers with latest agriculture techniques and motivate them to adopt micro irrigation projects to conserve water.
Among those present in the meeting included Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr D.S Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Mr Devender Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Mr T.V.S.N Prasad, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr V. Umashankar, Chief Executive Officer, Micro Irrigation Authority and Administrator, CADA Mr Pankaj and other senior officers of the State Government.
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