The Ministry of Water Resources had constituted an Advisory Council on Artificial Recharge of Ground Water under the Chairmanship of Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources. The first meeting of the Council was held on 22nd July, 2006 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi and was inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. In his inaugural address, the Prime Minister mentioned “We have to minimize our water use – invest in science and technology to ensure that we can grow crops which use less water. In other words, find ways of valuing the crop per drop”. To implement the suggestions of Prime Minister, the Council in its first meeting constituted a Sub-Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan to prepare a report on “More Crop and Income per Drop of Water”. The Sub-Committee consists of representatives of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural Development, National Fishery Development Board, CGWB, CWC, Confederation of Indian Industry and Agricultural Scientists from IARI, CRIDA, CAZRI, ICRISAT and State/Central Agriculture Universities/Institutes.
The report by the sub-committee was submitted on 2nd October, 2006 to Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources. The Sub Committee had interalia recommended to initiate 5000 Farmers Participatory Action Research Programme (FPARP) through out the country with the help of Agricultural Universities/ ICAR institutes/ Engineering colleges/ WALMIs etc. for demonstrating the technologies available on shelf to the farmers for increasing the productivity and profitability of agriculture through generating synergy among water, crop, agronomic practices, soil nutrients, crop variety and implements etc.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Water Resources has approved 5000 FPARPs in the year 2007-08 for implementation with the help of 60 Institutes in 25 States/UTs at the cost of Rs. 24.46 crore.
The Universities/institutes have already started demonstration of programmes in various parts of the country. The performance of the programmes is being monitored by the field formations of Central Water Commission (CWC) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and for further queries these organizations may be contacted.