Achievements of AIBP
The Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme(AIBP) was launched during 1996-97 to give loan assistance to the states to help them complete some of the incomplete major/medium irrigation projects which were in an advanced stage of completion and create additional irrigation potential in the country. The Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes of North-Eastern States, Hilly States of Sikkim, Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and undivided Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi Districts of Orissa have also been provided Central Loan Assistance (CLA) under this programme since 1999-2000. Grant component has been introduced in the programme from April, 2004 like other Central sector schemes. As per the existing AIBP criteria effective from December, 2006, grant amounting to 25% of the project cost for major and medium irrigation projects in non-special category States and 90% grant of the project cost for major/medium/minor irrigation projects in special category States (including undivided Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi districts of Orissa) are provided to the selected projects. The minor irrigation schemes in non-special category States falling in drought prone/tribal areas are treated at par with special category States and are released 90% grant of the project cost. Major and medium projects providing irrigation benefit to drought prone/Tribal area and flood prone area are also eligible for 90% grant of the project cost. The State Governments have been provided an amount of Rs.64905.57 crore as CLA/Grant under AIBP since inception of this programme till 31.03.2014 for 294 major/medium irrigation projects and 16456 Surface minor irrigation schemes. 5 major/medium projects have been withdrawn from the AIBP due to their inadequate performance and non-submission of subsequent proposals for seeking Central Assistance (CA) under AIBP. After commencement of this Programme 143 major/medium projects and 12083 Surface MI Schemes have so far been reported completed. An additional irrigation potential of 80.55 lakh ha has been created up to March 2012. As per the prevailing AIBP guidelines, projects benefiting drought prone/tribal area, projects included in the Prime Minister’s relief package for agrarian distress districts of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and projects in the States having irrigation development below national average could be included in AIBP in relaxation to one to one criteria of inclusion of new project under AIBP. Of the 65 major/medium projects initially included in the Prime Minister’s relief package for agrarian distressed districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, so far 40 projects have been funded under AIBP. The grant released so far for these projects is Rs.11408.65 crore.
Allocation proposed for XII Plan for AIBP and National Projects is of Rs.55200 crore (Rs.47050 crore for AIBP and Rs.8150 crore for National Projects). Allocation actually made available by the Planning Commission is of Rs.55200 crore.
Since February 2009, scheme of National Projects has also been implemented for funding high priority projects of international and interstate importance. So far, 16 projects have been identified as National Projects which are at different stages of planning and execution.