WATER – For Drinking and Irrigation Swajaldhara a new drinking water programme for rural people launched. Hariyali,a new Initiative, launched for accelerated promotion of water shed development. 19 lakh hectares of irrigation created through major and medium irrigation schemes.Investment Rs. !0,653 crore. Another 64,400 hectares of irrigation created through completion of 3000 minor irrigation projects with central assistance. Budgetary support for the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme(ARWSP) enhanced to Rs.2,535 crore, which is about 40% increase over 1998-99.