ATAL BHUJAL YOJANA
Context: Reportedly, Punjab has been excluded from the coverage of Atal Bhujal Yojana (Atal Jal).
ABOUT ATAL BHUJAL YOJANA Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Jal Shakti to improve ground water management through community participation. The scheme has a total outlay of Rs.6000 crore and is to be implemented over a period of 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25) with the financial assistance of World Bank with a sharing pattern of 50:50 between Government of India and World Bank. The Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti is adopting a mix of ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches in identified ground water stressed blocks in 7 states, representing a range of geomorphic, climatic and hydrogeologic and cultural settings. The water stressed blocks covered under the scheme includes Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THE YOJANA?
ATAL BHUJAL YOJANA has two major components:
- Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building Component for strengthening institutional arrangements for sustainable ground water management in the States including improving monitoring networks, capacity building, strengthening of Water User Associations, etc.
- Incentive Component for incentivising the States for achievements in improved groundwater management practices namely, data dissemination, preparation of water security plans, implementation of management interventions through convergence of ongoing schemes, adopting demand side management practices etc.
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