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'Neeranchal' is a _______.


1. Rainfed Area Development Authority
2. Fertilizer subsidy Scheme
3. Micro Irrigation System
4. National Watershed Management Project

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : National Watershed Management Project

The correct answer is National Watershed Management Project.

  • Neeranchal National Watershed Project:
    • Neeranchal will lead to reducing surface runoff of rainwater, increasing recharge of groundwater, and better availability of water in rainfed areas resulting in incremental rainfed agriculture productivity, enhanced milk yield, and increased cropping intensity through better convergence related programmes in project areas.
    • The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development.
    • It is a six-year period (2016-21) that will support the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana in hydrology and water management, agricultural production systems, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.
    • The Neeranchal project was approved by the cabinet with a Budget sharing of 50% by Govt and the rest 50% by the World Bank.
    • All 28 states which implement the watershed projects will benefit from Neeranchal.
    • 12% of the area which can be called wasteland will be targeted through this project to make about 336 lakh hectares of land arable.
    • The World Bank-assisted 'National Watershed Management Project' or 'Neeranchal

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