Particulars of Organization, Functions & Duties
[Section-4 (1) (b) (i)]
Aims and Objectives of the Organization:
Minor Irrigation (Flow) organization takes care of construction, maintenance and management of Irrigation Projects of Culturable Command Area (CCA) between 40 Ha to 2000 Ha utilizing the surface flow.
Minor Irrigation projects are being admired due to its lower cost, lower gestation period and very low rehabilitation & resettlement problem in construction. The total available CCA that can be irrigated through M.I. (Flow) is about 1.0 Million Ha., against which 50% has been harnessed so far through it. Over the years, efforts have been made to construct a number of Minor Irrigation Projects throughout the State. Under M.I. (Flow), by the end of 10th Five Year Plan (2002-03 to 2006-07) irrigation potential for 5, 19,027 Ha has been created. During first two years of 11th Five Year Plan period i.e. 2007-08 to 2008-09, another 22,698 Ha Irrigation potential has been added. Thus, the total irrigation potential created under Khariff through Minor Irrigation (Flow) ending March 2009 is 5, 41,725 Ha.
Efforts are also being made to complete new MIPs within a span of 2 to 3 years time to harvest immediate benefit. Initiatives have also been taken to renovate/ modernize the completed but not fully functional Projects, Partly Derelict (PD) and Completely Derelict (CD) Projects in phases under various schemes like RIDF, AIBP, External Assistance, Centrally sponsored scheme, RSVY, NFFW, FC, RR&R of Water bodies, ACA, FFW, BKVY, etc. Of late, emphasis is being given on farmers' participation in the maintenance and operation of the projects, mainly to have the equitable distribution of water. For this objective, Pani Panchayats have been formed and some are in the process of formations who have taken the work of maintenance & operation of the MIPs.
Brief history and back ground for its Establishment:
The Minor Irrigation Organization (Erstwhile Rural Engineering Organization i.e. R.E.O) was created in the year 1962 under Rural Development Dept. After the abolition of the R. D, Dept. on 15.06.1980, Minor Irrigation (M.I) Organization was brought-over under Irrigation & Power Dept. Again it came under R. D. Dept. from 24.03.1990. Finally since 1996, it is under Water Resources (W.R.) Department.
Allocation of Business:
Minor Irrigation (Flow) projects under this organization spread over 29 districts of Odisha except in the district of Jagatsingpur. For smooth functioning of M.I. Organisation, the Minor Irrigation (Flow) Organisation is headed by one Chief Engineer with Head Quarters at Bhubaneswar and four territorial Circles at Bhubaneswar [CMIC], Sambalpur [NMIC], Bhawanipatna [KBKMIC] & Berhampur [SMIC]. There are 19 Nos. of Working Divisions and 1 No. of Investigation Division & 1 No. of Monitoring Division.
The works of Minor Irrigation Projects are executed following prescribed Standard Specification of the Department of Water Resources & OPWD.
Duties to be performed to Achieve the Mission:
The Chief Engineer liaisons with the government for arrangement of funds for taking up the activities of the organization. He is also reporting the progress of the activities directly to Govt.
The monitoring & supervision of the activities are being done by himself through the four territorial Superintending Engineers. The design & planning of projects are being taken up in his office through Superintending Engineer, Designs.
There are 19 Nos of territorial M.I.Divisions in the State of Odisha headed by Executive Engineers who are in charge of operation, repair/ maintenance of existing M.I.Projects and construction of new M.I.Projects. The Sub-Divisional Officers (A.E. & A.E.E.) assist the Executive Engineers in preparation of estimates, execution of work in field etc. The Junior Engineers work under different Sub-Divisions under the guidance of the Sub-Divisional officers.
The Junior Engineers are responsible for survey, investigation, preparation of estimates, execution of work and preparation of bills for payments. They are also responsible for supply of irrigation water to the designated ayacut with the help of the field staff engaged in the projects.
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