Minor irrigation projects are environment-friendly and they provide gainful employment opportunities to the rural population, resulting in optimum utilization of resources. A large number of small irrigation projects on streams & rivulets can provide irrigation to the lands of tribal beneficiaries. The technology close to the heart of the tribal and the projects are therefore amply suitable for self-management. The Pani Panchayat scheme has aroused widespread enthusiasm. Requests are pouring in to set up new minor flow and lift Irrigation projects and revive the derelict ones. It is, therefore, felt that new emphasis on minor & lift Irrigation projects can be cast in the mould of Pani Panchayats, which will provide increased momentum to the campaign. With the above objectives in view, State Government during 2001 launched a new scheme named as “Biju Krushak Vikash Yojana”.