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    WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

 

I.  Drought Prone Area Programme

 

This programme is basically an area development programme and aims at integrated development of natural resources like land, water, vegetation etc. by taking up watershed development projects. The programme is being implemented in 10 blocks of the State. Upto the year 1998-99 the programme was being funded by Central and State Governments on 50:50 sharing basis but from 1-4-1999 the Government of India have changed the funding pattern from 50:50  to 75:25.

Under this programme 318 micro watersheds have been taken up for development in district Bilaspur, Solan and Una for a period of 5 years. During the year 2005-2006 40 new micro watershed have been sanctioned by the Government of India under the programme.

 

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II.  Desert Development Programme (DDP)

 

Under DDP,420 Micro watershed has been taken up for the development in district of Lahual &Spiti and Pooh Block of district Kinnaur. The Govt. of India has sanctioned 38 new micro watershed projects under this programme during the current financial year. (23 micro watershed for Lahual &Spiti and 15 Micro watershed for Kinnaur district.

 

III.  Integrated Wastelands Development Programme

                       

Integrated Wastelands Development Programme is being implemented in all the districts of the state except Bilaspur, Una and Lahaul & Spiti.  Prior to 1.4.2000the watershed projects under this programme were being funded 100% by the Central Government.  However the projects sanctioned after 1.4.2000 are being funded Rs. 5500/-per ha by the GOI and Rs. 500/- per ha. by the State Government. During the year 2004-2005 the Government of India has sanctioned two new projects with a total project outlay of Rs. 900.00 lakhs for treatment of 15,000 ha. of land. 

 

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