Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yoiana (PMKSY)

President of India’s message on the eve of Independence Day of Belarus 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Belarus on the eve of their Independence Day (July 03, 2015). 

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I have the pleasure to convey warm greetings to you and to the friendly people of the Republic of Belarus on the occasion of your Independence Day. 

On this occasion, I recall my recent visit to your beautiful country and our meeting in Minsk on June 3, 2015. I once again thank you for the warm hospitality extended to me and to my delegation during our stay. I am confident that friendship and mutual understanding between our two countries has been further strengthened by the discussions that we held and the agreements for cooperation in various fields that were signed during my visit. I look forward to closely working with you to further strengthen the close ties between our two countries in the years to come. 

Please accept, Excellency, my good wishes for your personal health and happiness and for the well-being and prosperity of the people of Belarus.” 


PM reviews progress of National Highway Programmes

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today reviewed the progress of the National Highway Programmes at a high-level meeting. 

Reviewing the progress of highway construction in the North-East, the Prime Minister asked officials to ensure good connectivity between the new road projects, and nearby airports. He said the BBIN agreement for seamless movement of road traffic between India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, would not only have a profound impact on the economy of the region, but would also bring benefits from the environmental perspective, by reducing travel times. 

He urged concerned officials to explore all possibilities of innovation in the materials and technology aspects of road construction. He directed priority to be given to high-quality port connectivity projects. He also called for aggressive tree plantation along all highway projects. 

Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari were present on the occasion. 


PM writes to President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has written to President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, greeting him on the occasion of his 75th birthday. 

The Text of the Prime Minister’s letter as follows,” Please accept my heartiest greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your 75th birthday. We admire your extraordinary vision and leadership in guiding Kazakhstan’s development as a nation and its rapid progress over the past two and half decades. We also greatly value your strong and steadfast support for relations between our two countries. 

I keenly look forward to meeting you in Astana during my forthcoming visit to Kazakhstan. 

I wish you good health, well-being and success in the days ahead.” 


Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yoiana (PMKSY) 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to a new scheme the “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana” (PMKSY).  It will have an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore over a period of five years (2015-16 to 2019-20). The allocation for the current financial year is Rs. 5300 crore.

The major objective of the PMKSY is to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level, expand cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet ko pani), improve on-farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water, enhance the adoption of precision-irrigation and other water saving technologies (More crop per drop), enhance recharge of aquifers and introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated municipal based water for peri-urban agriculture and attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system. The scheme also aims at bringing concerned Ministries/Departments/Agencies/Research and Financial Institutions engaged in creation/use/recycling/potential recycling of water, brought under a common platform, so that a comprehensive and holistic view of the entire "water cycle" is taken into account and proper water budgeting is done for all sectors namely, household, agriculture and industries.

The programme architecture of PMKSY aims at a 'decentralized State level planning and execution' structure, in order to allow States to draw up a District Irrigation Plan (DIP) and a State Irrigation Plan (SIP). DIP will have holistic developmental perspective of the district outlining medium to long term developmental plans integrating three components namely, water sources, distribution network and water use application of the district to be prepared at two levels -  the block and the district. All structures created under the schemes will be geotagged.

The programme will be supervised and monitored at the national level by an Inter-Ministerial National Steering Committee (NSC) under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister with Union Ministers of all concerned Ministries.  A National Executive Committee (NEC) is to be constituted under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog to oversee programme implementation, allocation of resources, inter ministerial coordination, monitoring and performance assessment, addressing administrative issues etc. At the state level the scheme is to be administered by a State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) to be Chaired by the Chief Secretary of the respective States. The committee will have all authority to sanction the project and also monitor the progress of the scheme.  At the district level their shall be a district level implementation committee for ensuring last mile coordination a the field level.

It is expected that PMKSY will provide convergence to existing schemes of water management, thus bringing efficiency to the use of water.


In the last one year, the Government of India has taken several farmer friendly initiatives. These, amongst other things, include the following:

•     A new scheme has been introduced to issue a Soil Health Card to every farmer. Soil Health Management in the country is being promoted through setting up of soil and fertilizer testing laboratories. 34 lakh soil samples has been collected and analysis is continuing.

•     A new scheme for promoting organic farming "Pramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana" has been launched to promote organic farming.

•     A dedicated Kisan Channel has been started by  Doordarshan to address various issues concerning farmers.

•     Government is also encouraging formation of Farmer Producer organizations.

•     Assistance to farmers, as input subsidy, has been increased by 50 percent in case of natural calamities.

•    Norms have been relaxed to provide assistance from previous norm of crop loss of more than 50 percent to 33 percent to farmers afflicted by natural calamities.

•     Minimum Support Price (MSP) for various Kharif crops has been increased. Bonus of Rs.200 per quintal has been announced for pulses. Area coverage under pulses has increased over the last year.

Taking it further, today the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval to two new schemes in agriculture sector. These are the PMKSY and Promotion of National Agriculture Market. 

Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of National Agricultural Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to a Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of National Agricultural Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF).   The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) will set it up through the Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) by creation of a common electronic platform deployable in selected regulated markets across the country.   
An amount of Rs. 200 crore has been earmarked for the scheme from 2015-16 to 2017-18.   This  includes provision for supplying software free of cost by DAC to the States and Union Territories (UTs) and for cost of related hardware/infrastructure to be subsidized by the Government of India up to Rs. 30 lakh per Mandi (other than for private mandis).
The target is to cover 585 selected regulated markets across the country, with the following break-up:
2015-16: 250 mandis  
2016-17: 200 mandis  
2017-18:135 mandis
585 regulated markets across the country will be integrated with the common e-platform to provide farmers and traders with access to opportunities for purchase/ sale of agri-commodities at optimal prices in a transparent manner across the country.   Besides, private markets will also be allowed access to the e-platform thereby enhancing its outreach.
The Scheme is applicable on All-India basis. There is no State wise allocation under the Scheme. However,  desirous States would be required to meet the pre-requisites in terms of carrying out necessary agri-marketing reforms.
SFAC will be the lead agency for the development of the National e-Market by the Ministry of Agriculture, and they will select a service provider through open bidding. An appropriate common e-market platform will be set up that would be deployable in the selected 585 regulated wholesale markets in States/UTs desirous of joining the e-platform.   The SFAC will implement the national e-platform in three phases during 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.  DAC will meet expenses on software and its customisation for the States and provide it free of cost to the States and UTs.  DAC will also give grant as one time fixed cost subject to the ceiling of Rs.30 lakh per Mandi  for related equipment / infrastructure in the 585 regulated mandis, for installation of the e-market platform.    Big private mandis will also be allowed access to the e-platform for purposes of price discovery.   However they will not be supported with any funds for equipment / infrastructure.
For integration with the e-platform the States/UTs will need to undertake prior reforms in respect of (i) a single license to be valid across the State, (ii) single point levy of market fee and (iii) provision for electronic auction as a mode for price discovery. Only those States/UTs that have completed these three pre-requisites will be eligible for assistance under the scheme.
The e-marketing platform should promote reform of the agricultural marketing sector and apart from promoting free flow of agri commodities across the country and should result in greater farmer satisfaction as prospects for marketing of his produce would be significantly enhanced. He will have improved access to market related information and better price discovery through a more efficient, transparent and competitive marketing platform, which gives him access to a greater number of buyers within the State and from outside, through transparent auction processes. It would also increase his access to markets through warehouse based sales and thus obviate the need to transport his produce to the mandi.
Following successive Budget announcements of 2014 and 2015 on setting up an "Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund" and on National Market respectively, DAC formulated the scheme for Promotion of National Agriculture Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF).
Integration of agri-markets across the country through the e-platform is seen as an important measure for overcoming  challenges posed by the present agri-marketing system namely - fragmentation of State into multiple market areas each administered by separate APMC, multiple levy of mandi fees, requirement for multiple license for trading in different APMCs, licensing barriers leading to conditions of monopoly, poor quality of infrastructure and low use of technology, information asymmetry, opaque process for price discovery, high level of market charges, movement controls, etc.
The need to unify markets both at State and National level is, therefore, clearly the requirement of time, in order to provide better price to farmers, improve supply chain, reduce wastages and create a unified national market through provision of the common e-platform.
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