States to shell out more to implement flood management program
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 10:00
  
New Delhi: State governments will now have to shell out more money to implement the centrally-sponsored Flood Management Programme as the Centre has brought down its share in the scheme.

The Union Cabinet recently decided to extend the Flood Management Programme in the 12th Five Year Plan.

But while extending the scheme, aimed at helping states carry out flood protection works, the Cabinet in its October 17 meeting decided to reduce its share in the scheme. In the 11th Five Year Plan, the central share was 90 per cent of the total cost for special category states and 75 per cent for other states.

But now the central share has been reduced to 70 per cent for special category states. The Centre and the states will now share 50 per cent of the cost of the scheme in case of general category states.

The special category states are the seven northeastern states, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The logic behind reducing the central share, sources said, is that the state governments now have more funds to implement such programmes.

So far, no new work under the scheme has been sanctioned in the 12th Plan as the scheme was not approved.

The Ministry of Water Resources has been sanctioned Rs 10,000 crore in the 12th Plan for the scheme, though the Working Group on Water Resources had recommended Rs 16,000 crore for it.

Out of the Rs 10,000 crore sanctioned, Rs 3,900 crore will be utilised for spillover liabilities from the 11th Five Year Plan.

Sources said fresh guidelines to get works sanctioned under the scheme would be finalised shortly to help states apply for new projects.

In 1980, the Rashtriya Barh Ayog had estimated total flood-prone area in the country as 40 million hectare (m ha) which was revised further to 45.64 m ha by the Working Group on Flood Management set up by the Planning Commission for the 11th Five-Year Plan, based on the information provided by the state governments.

Seeking to protect human life, land and property from flood fury in the country, the state governments had been engaged in flood management works for last five decades and a total of 18.22 m ha area has been provided a reasonable degree of protection by the end of 10th Plan, according to a ministry document.

The Working Group on Water Resources constituted by Planning Commission had set a target to protect an additional area of 2.18 million hectare during the XI Plan.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 10:00


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