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Development Projects

The success of IGWDP-Maharashtra has led to setting up of Watershed Development Fund (WDF) in NABARD with a corpus of Rs. 200 crore (Rs. 100 crore each contributed by GOI and NABARD) with a broad objective of unification of multiplicity of watershed development program into a single national initiative through involvement of village level institutions and NGOs.

Utilization of WDF

The Fund is being utilized mainly for the following purposes :

  • Promotional efforts with Communities, NGOs, SHGs, Panchayats, Bankers and Government Departments on grant basis.
  • Taking up capacity building phase of the projects, on grant basis, with Communities, NGOs, SHGs and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in different states.
  • Selectively, full scale financing of collaborative watershed projects on a pilot basis, with grant and/or loan finance, with any of the partners mainly for trying out new institutional or other arrangements.
  • Supplementary flexible financing (grant and/or loan) for watershed projects, on selective basis, in government program, to fill in the critical gaps perceived in the field but which are not met under the existing budgetary arrangements.
  • Financing implementation of watershed projects through the state governments on loan basis.
  • Supporting (on grant and/or loan basis) promotional activities for micro-credit; promotion of SHGs of women, land-less, members of the SC/ST communities and other weaker sections of the community and other related activities in the watershed development program. The WDF is to be operated flexibly and apart from the activities stated above, other related and essential activities are also be supported (on grant and/or loan basis).

Monitoring Mechanism :

A systematic monitoring mechanism is kept in place at Regional Office levels (with the Watershed Development Fund Cell) for effective monitoring of watershed projects. Each watershed under CBP in visited once in 3 months. Visits are also made to watersheds prior to release of grant, sanction of CBP, FRs and FIP. The concerned District Development Managers (DDMs) of NABARD are also involved in the monitoring visits. The Project Facilitating Agencies (PFA) are required to send Half Yearly Progress Reports which are desk monitored by the WDF cells at RO levels. Regional Offices send monthly progress reports to HO indicating the details of releases, monitoring visits, training, etc which are scrutinized and consolidated at HO level. During FIP, monitoring visits are conducted every six months. The monitoring mechanism is also supported by the involvement of the Resource Support Organization (RSO) / Technical Support Organizations (TSO). Lupin Foundation has got in-principle approval for two watershed projects, one each from Dhule and Pune district.

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