PIM unit is functioning with one executive engineer and nine assistant engineers and one PIM Expert at Raipur, Ambikapur and Bilaspur training centres in addition to office staff.
SDU was not functional and during the Mission (6-9 Aug 2012), SDU has been revived with the assignment of one Executive Engineer and two assistant engineers. WRD has initiated process for approval of PSC for engaging experts for SDU, and the approval is still awaited.
WRD's needs assessment and capacity development programs have been prepared and about 1500 WRD staff have been trained in PIM and water management aspects. A participatory workshop on the capacity building plan was organized with WRD staff. Training manuals for trainers and trainees were developed and training provided to WRD staff. In addition, WRD staff participates in TA-managed WUA capacity building (PIM Training conducted for WUAs by NGO; and intensive interventions).
The training center building of Raipur, Bilaspur and Ambikapur are completed. A training center development strategy was prepared by the PMU but need to be revised as it is not ensuring a long term institutionalization. ADB engaged capacity development expert to develope strategy for short and long term capacity development for WRD officers, who has submitted the report.
Progressive PIM act approved in 2006.
The second amendment to the PIM Act includes change/addition in the rule numbers 37 and 83 and section 5, 8 and 11 of the PIM act, which was sent for approval of GOC and notification in Gazette. Amendment to rule number 37 has been notified in the gazette on 23 December 2011 and amendment to Rule 83 is added and published in gazette notification on 3.8.2012. Cabinet approval to the proposal sent by WRD on 23 September 2011 for amendment to section 5, 8 and 11 of the PIM act section is still awaited. On 10 August 2010, based on the approval received from the Department of Finance (DOF), WRD approved the proposal to enhance the percentage of water fee to be shared with WUAs from 25% to 50% to be implemented only for CIDP schemes which was later extended to the entire state through a second note from WRD dated 29 September 2010. After the approval of WRD and concurrence of the Law Department, a note to modify the relevant rules to increase the share of WUAs from 25% to 50% has been sent to GOC for cabinet approval on 4 May 2011 which is still awaited.
3rd amendment to allow WUAs to retain part of the collected water fee at the source has been submitted for approval of the Government of Chattisgarh on 29 June 2011- Government approval still awaited
WUA capacity building is being done at three levels:
(i) Experiential capacity building through WUA-managed interventions under Intensive Intervention Program (IIP). In Rabi 2012-13 covering 50 CIDP systems (about 100,000ha), WUA capacity is being developed through WUA-managed Irrigation O&M and agriculture interventions. WUAs are involved in input-output marketing and are developed as Multi-functional organizations
(ii) Periodic capacity building through formal sessions in the balance CIDP systems and
(iii) State-wide basic (formal) training on PIM for selected WUA Representatives from all the 1324 WUAs in the State and sharing IIP strategy, process and experience gained in CIDP pilot schemes with Non-CIDP WUAs.
A list of 902 eligible WUAs (CIDP-189 and non-CIDP-713) has been finalized and grant released to 150 WUAs (CIDP 106 and non-CIDP 44).
Return of a share of the water fee by DOF/WRD to WUA as per PIM Act provision is still to be implemented.
As of 31 December 2012 R&U works of 134 minor and medium schemes covering about 151,209 ha are reported to be completed and works for the remaining 10 schemes are ongoing. Out of 148 sub projects taken up for implementation, 4 sub projects (3146 ha) have been dropped. Remaining 144 schemes cover an area of 173984ha.