During 12th Plan, it is proposed to integrate WGDP with other such programmes. Watershed programmes are to be implemented by the Agriculture Officers in the Grama Panchayats. The progress of implementation is to be coordinated & monitored by the Assistant Director of Agriculture at block level and reviewed every month in the programme review meetings. Deputy Director of Agriculture (watershed) at district level is to ensure coordination & monitoring of the progress of WGDP projects at district level. External concurrent monitoring and online monitoring will be introduced along with strengthening of monitoring at the district level. WGD Projects will be discussed in State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) for convergence.
Watershed Based programme: A watershed is a geographical area that drains to a common point, which makes it an ideal unit of conservation of soil and water. Micro watersheds in the Grama Panchayat are chosen for easy administration. It is a logical unit for planning in the three tier system of Local Self Government and optimum development of the “resource trinity” namely land, water and biomass. It may extend over a Grama Panchayat or several Panchayats, contain both arable and non-arable lands, various categories of land-holdings and farmers whose action may impact on each other’s interests. In those watersheds extending beyond a Grama Panchayat, the Panchayat having major area in the watershed will be the PIA.