Q. Consider the following statements regarding Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP):
1. It was launched in sixth plan to support major and medium irrigation projects.
2. At present, AIBP became a part of PMKSY.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Central Government launched the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) in the year 1996-97 to provide Central Assistance to major/medium irrigation projects in the country, with the objective to accelerate implementation of such projects which were beyond resource capability of the States or were in advanced stage of completion.  

  • Priority was given to those projects which were started in Pre-Fifth and Fifth Plan period and also to those which were benefiting Tribal and Drought Prone Areas.  
  • After launch of PMKSY in 2015-16, AIBP became a part of PMKSY.  
  • Since its inception, 297 Irrigation / Multi-Purpose Projects have been included for funding under AIBP.  

Source: TMH Ramesh Singh