The Union Cabinet yesterday cleared the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana (PMKSY) and a National Policy For Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a press briefing. Through the Rs 50,000 crore Krishi Sinchai Yojana, the government over the next five years will focus on improving irrigation in non rain-fed areas as well as strive to improve water efficiency through the country.
The PMKSY aims to ensure access to some means of protective irrigation to all agricultural farms in the country, to produce ‘per drop more crop’, thus bringing much desired rural prosperity, PTI reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a national steering panel on irrigation while states will be asked to draw up individual plans, FM Jaitley said.
Jaitley also announced a number of steps the government will introduce to help boost the ailing farm sector such as introducing an e-auction platform of farm products at the cost of Rs 200 crore.
In the area of skill development, the government’s aim is to train 40 crore people by 2022 through the new policy. “The new policy will connect entrepreneur s through incubators and will promote skill development through the public-private partnership mode”, skill development secretary Sunil Arora said. The new policy will promote industry engagement and ensure quality assured skilling, he added.