The Union Water Resources Ministry has released central assistance amounting to Rs 734.7 crore for 26 irrigation projects. The ministry last week released central assistance of Rs 246.9 crore for nine prioritised projects under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) works, an official statement said. It also released Rs 487.80 crore for Command Area Development (CAD) works for 17 projects, the statement said. During the 2017-18 fiscal till now, central assistance amounting to Rs 1,152.52 crore has been released for 26 priority projects under the AIBP, it said. Plus, Rs 3,318.85 crore have been released as state share from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for 24 priority projects under the AIBP. For CAD works, assistance amounting to Rs 524.90 crore for 22 priority projects and Rs 71.52 crore as state share has been released through the NABARD, the statement said.