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Command Area Development Programme

Command Area Development Programme

In news:

A conference on Command Area Development programme was inaugurated in New Delhi. Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for faster utilization of funds allocated for Command Area Development (CAD) under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP).

 Command Area Development Programme:

  • Command Area Development Programme was launched by Government of India in 1974-75. It was restructured and renamed as Command Area Development and Water Management (CADWM) Programme in 2004.
  • The programme is being implemented pari-passu with AIBP since XII Plan. It is being implemented under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) as a component of Har Khet Ko Pani.
  • From July, 2016 onwards, the CADWM implementation is focused on the mission mode completion of the 99 Priority Irrigation projects through NABARD funding. 


  • Two of the main objectives of PMKSY are Har Khet Ko Pani and More Crop Per Drop.
  • Command Area Development aims at using the limited water available in the most efficient way.
  • Successful implementation of both structural and non-structural components of CADWM and taking over of the system by the Water Users Associations for sustainable operation and management makes the aim possible.
  • Command Area Development includes developing infrastructure for micro irrigation, land leveling, participatory irrigation management and scheduling cropping patterns.
  •  All these are important to enhance agricultural production and meet the objective of More Crop Per Drop and Har Khet Ko Pani.

Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP):

The Union Government launched the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) in 1996-97 for providing financial assistance, to expedite completion of ongoing Major/Medium Irrigation (MMI) including Extension, Renovation and Modernization (ERM) of irrigation projects and Surface Minor Irrigation schemes, as well as Lift Irrigation Schemes (LIS).