Irrigation Projects Current Affairs - 2020

SAUNI Scheme: Third Phase launched

The third phase of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) scheme was launched by the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The scheme is to fill 115 dams with Narmada water by August 15, 2020 and March, 2021.

Key Features

The first phase of SAUNI scheme was launched in 2016 by PM Modi at Aji-3 dam. The second phase of the scheme includes 541 km of pipeline works to fill 57 reservoirs by August 2020. The third phase includes 42 dam reservoirs that are to be filled through 457 km of pipelines and is estimated to be completed by March 2021.

Sauni Yojana

The Sauni Yojana was launched to divert the excess over flowing flood waters of Narmada that were allocated to Saurashtra region. It is basically a linking project under which the waters are to be filled in irrigation dams that already has a good canal network.

Narmada River

The river is also called Rewa. It is also known as the “Life Line of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh”. It begins its journey from the Amarkantak Plateau located near Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh. Narmada flows between Vindhya and Satpura ranges.

Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu Programme: 25 lakh poor to get houses in AP

On March 31, 2020, the Government of Andhra Pradesh modified the guidelines of Navatatnalu-Pedalandariki Illu programme. The scheme is called “Houses for all the poor”. The guidelines were changed based on the directions of the High Court.


Under the scheme, house sites are to be allotted to the poor at Re 1 to the poor with white ration cards. The State Government is to collect Rs 20 from the people (Rs 10 for stamp paper charges and Rs 10 for lamination charges).

The Beneficiaries shall use these sited to construct houses.

Other Rules

The beneficiaries have to compulsorily construct houses only. They cannot sell the sites. However, they can sell the houses after occupying them for a minimum of five years.

The site was to be distributed on Ugadi. However, it was postponed due to the threat of COVID-19 and local body elections.


The “Navartnalu” is a flagship scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Government. There are nine (Navaratna) welfare schemes.

YSR Rythu Bharosa

Under the scheme, the AP government is to offer Rs 50,000 financial assistance to farmers. From the second year of the scheme, every family will receive Rs 12,500. Apart from this under this scheme, the AP government will also offer free bore wells and 0% interest loans.

Fee Reimbursement

Under this scheme, Rs 20,000 allowance is to be provided to every student as fee reimbursement


The scheme is applicable to all the medical treatments above Rs 1000. The State Government under the scheme would bear all the medical expenses.


The Government would take up completion of Polavaram project, thereby helping the farmers greatly in irrigation projects

Ban on Alcohol

Amma Vodi

Under the scheme Rs 15,000 was provided as assistance funds to all the mothers of school going children. The only condition was that the mothers should belong to Below Poverty Line.


The scheme issued 0% interest loans to backward communities, women, SC, ST of age above 45 years.

Pensionla Pempu

Senior citizens to receive Rs 2000 and the physically challenged were to receive Rs 3,000.