Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM)(In Water Resources consolidation project command Area) Enactment of TNFMIS act and its features
PIM program was implemented by the Government of Tamil Nadu to encourage the participation of farmers in the operation & maintenance and the management of the irrigation systems under the control of Water Resources Organization of Public Works Department.
In order to provide necessary legal support for the effective participation of the farmers, the Tamil Nadu Farmers' Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000 (TN Act 7 of 2001) was enacted, on March 2001, rules and election rules made and notified by the Government for conducting election to implement the Act under the control of Water Resources Department. As a first step, Act was implemented in Water Resources Consolidation Project (WRCP) command areas only.
TNFMIS Act provides for a three tier Farmers Organisation, for the implementation of PIM in Tamil Nadu as Water Users' Association (WUA) at Primary level, Distributory Committee (DC) at Secondary level and Project Committee (PC) at the Project level.
Elections to Farmers organisation - First election:
Under this Act command area covering about 6.00 lakhs hectares in 20 Districts, 1566 Water Users' Associations have been delineated and 1550 Water Users' Associations have been constituted through secret election during 2004 under Water Resources Consolidation Project (WRCP).
After completion of WRCP, the Government have delineated and declared the command area for the 161 Distributory Committees and 9 Project Committees. Accordingly the election to Distributory Committees and Project Committees has been conducted.
The Government have appointed the AE/JE/Overseers, Executive Engineers and Superintending Engineers of WRO of PWD, as the Competent Authorities for the Water Users' Associations, Distributory Committees and Project Committees respectively.
The term of office of Presidents and Territorial Constituency members of Water Users' Associations has been extended to 5½ years from 5 years as per TNFMIS Act (Amendment) 2009 (Act No. 1/2009).
Accordingly, the second election for 1566 Water Users' Associations were conducted during 2009. The second election to 161 Distributory Committees and 9 Project Committees were also completed during 2009-2010.
Left out Election:
In G.O.(Ms) No.302, Public Works (W2) Department, dated 19.11.2013, the Government have sanctioned Rs. 33.24 lakhs for Organising Election to fill up the left out posts and vacancies raised in second election in second in the Water Users' Associations, Distributory committees and project committees formed under Water Resources Consolidation Project and the election were conducted during Feb'2014.
The second 5½ years term of office of Presidents and Territorial Constituency members of Water Users' Associations ends by December' 2014. Hence, the third term election for 1566 Water Users' Associations, 161 Distributory committees and 9 Project committees have to be conducted during December 2014 and the voters list for WUA election has to be updated.
Accordingly, the proposal for Rs. 467.00 lakhs for organising third election for constituting the managing committees of Water Users Associations, Distributory committees and Project committees were sent to the Government for getting Administrative sanction which is under the consideration of the Government.
Funds to the Farmers organisation
Additional maintenance grant:
Government in G.O.Ms.No.115, Public Works (W2) Dept. dated 13.03.2001 sanctioned Rs.15.13 Crores as additional maintenance grant to Water Users Associations at Rs.100/ha to cover 15.13 lakhs ha command area. So far, Rs.7.243 Crores were allotted to the Water Users' Associations formed under Water Resources Consolidation Project.
Revenue from Fishing auction:
In G.O.(Ms). No. 16 PW (W2) Dept dated 14.1.2011, the Government ordered for apportioning 50% share from Fisheries and Revenue Departments to PWD from the revenue collected through fishing in reservoirs, tanks and other water resources under the control of PWD and also ordered for apportioning 50% share to WUAs from the revenue collected through fishing in PWD tanks.
Necessary Head of Account for remitting the fishing share to WUAs from the revenue collected through fishing in PWD tanks has been approved by the Government In G.O.(Ms). No. 72 PW (W2) Dept dated 06.5.2014.
Collection of fees:
As per the section 25 of TNFMIS rules, the farmers organisation may levy a fees ranging from Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 per hectare per year from every water users for performing its specific works.