The success of the proposed mission would depend on the willing participation of states to the actions that fall within their areas of responsibility, he said. Recognising the different requirements of states, the finance minister supported the view that state-specific plans for agriculture should be developed.
Even a state-specific plan should be an aggregate of district specific plans, formulated for the districts in that state, Chidambaram said. Each state should also ensure that its current level of expenditure on agriculture as a proportion of total state plan expenditure is maintained and additional resources are found by them from their own resources. The minister said the additional resources of the Central and state governments should be spent without wastage and corruption on irrigation, seeds, soil testing, better delivery of fertiliser subsidy, modern markets and agricultural research and extension.