|PRIVATE LIFT IRRIGATION|
Government of Orissa is encouraging execution of Private Lift Irrigation Points (Shallow tube well, Medium tube well, Bore well) under Agriculture Policy availing financial assistance under RIDF from NABARD with an objective of increasing irrigation potential in the State while increasing cropping intensity and the productivity as well.
Selection of Beneficiary:
(i)All farmers irrespective of size of their land holding (s) will be entitled for assistance under the scheme. The persons entitled to this subsidy include an individual, a body of individuals, registered NGOs, companies encouraging contract farming in the farmers land.
(ii)This facility will be available only for lift irrigation points utilized for agricultural purposes.
(iii)The farmer who is interested to execute the private L.I. Point may avail bank loan or can execute with self-finance.
Every farmer who intends to set up a project shall apply to the Junior Agriculture Officer (JAO)/ Asst. Agriculture Officer (AAO) of the area in prescribed form.
On receipt of application the JAO / AAO would visit the spot to makes sure inter-alia that there is no lift irrigation point/ drinking source already existing within 500 meters of the radius and that the land selected suitable for the purpose. He will issue a go-ahead letter to the applicant or object his application within 7 days of receipt thereof. The JAO would be responsible for certifying that the application does not relate to lift irrigation point already existing.
Lift Irrigation Structures Permissible under the Scheme:
Shallow Tube Wells of two different models (75 mm dia with 45m depth and 100 mm dia with 45m depth) and Medium Tube Wells and Bore wells (100 mm dia with 80m and above depth) for irrigation purpose exploiting ground water only can be taken up under this scheme.
The farmer is free to get the lift irrigation point installed by any of the empanelled executants of the concerned KSK. The Krishi Sahayak Kendra (KSK) maintains a list of approved executants of their area to ensure quality of work as well as post-operative maintenance. The executant may be private (an individual/ body corporate) or public sector organizations such as OAIC Ltd., OLIC Ltd. etc.
The project after execution will have to be inspected by an Inspector designated for the purpose before subsidy can be sanctioned. The insertion of pipes should be carried out by the farmer or his executant in the presence of the inspector who would certify the type and quality of materials used.
Selection of supplier and pump set:
The farmer is free to choose the make of different materials including the pump set. However, the pipes, standard accessories and pump set to be used in the project should be of ISI mark and the materials/ items should be purchased from a registered dealer.
The following officers are designated as inspectors and the farmer is free to take the services from any of them.
(i) The Asst. Engineer/ Junior Engineer of the Department of Agriculture posted in the area.
Assessment of the Cost of the Project:
The inspector will certify that the items on which the subsidy has been claimed have actually been utilized.
Quantum of Subsidy:
Under this scheme, the amount of subsidy for STW/ MTW will be limited to 30% of the approved unit cost or the actual project cost whichever is lower. In case of Bore well the subsidy will be 50% of the approved unit cost or the actual project cost limited to Rs.50,000/-.
Declaration by the Project Executant:
The project executant will submit a declaration that he will attend to the maintenance and repair work of the project within a period of two years free of cost. The executant will also submit the declaration to the inspector for his counter signature.
The beneficiary will make a plain paper application to the Inspector for drawal of subsidy. The subsidy claim will be furnished by the inspector in a prescribed format duly certified by him. These claims will be received by the Krishi Sahayak through the concerned AAO/ JAO.
Sanction of subsidy:
All applications received for reimbursement of subsidy will be chronologically maintained by the Krishi Sahayak. The KSK with all the resource persons in a meeting shall be the authority to sanction the subsidy. For the purposes of sanction, the KSK may meet as often as required. KSK shall recommend all the claims to MD, APICOL who will arrange release of funds. While doing so it should be ensured that the project is new and has not availed subsidy under any other schemes.
Release of Subsidy:
The funds relating to subsidy will be placed with APICOL. All claims duly sanctioned by the authorized committee will be paid for by the APICOL in the following manners under intimation to KSK and the AAO/ JAO concerned.
(i) Release of subsidy in favour of the executant where 30% (in case of STW/MTW) or 50% (in case of BW) cost have been borne by the executant.
(ii) Release of subsidy in favour of the beneficiary where full cost have been borne by the beneficiary himself.
Recovery of Subsidy:
If an asset created under this scheme is transferred by the beneficiary within 5 years of release of subsidy, the entire subsidy will be recovered from him as an arrear of land revenue. Before disbursement of subsidy the beneficiary has to execute an agreement with KSK in the prescribed format.