Atal Bhujal Yojana – World Bank Approves Rs. 6,000 Crore

Atal Bhujal Yojana – The Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry has launched the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY). This scheme has been approved by the World Bank. This scheme is Rs.6000 crore Central Sector Scheme. The scheme will run for a period of five years i.e. from 2018-19 to 2022-23. Besides this, it will be implemented and run with the world bank assistance.

Atal Bhujal Yojana

The Ministry has prepared the Atal Bhujal Yojana for addressing the criticality of groundwater resources in a major part of the nation. The main motive of the government behind launching this scheme is to improve groundwater management in priority areas in the country through community participation.

The areas which are given priority under this scheme are located in the following states i.e. –

  • Gujarat
  • Haryana
  • Karnataka
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Rajasthan
  • Uttar Pradesh

The above-mentioned states represent around 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of ground water in India. Besides this, they also cover two major types of groundwater systems found in India – alluvial and hard rock aquifers- and have  varying degrees of institutional readiness and experience in groundwater management.

Under the Atl Bhujal Yojana, the Government will provide funds to the states for strengthening the institutions responsible for ground water governance, as well as for encouraging community involvement for improving ground water management to foster behavioural changes that promote conservation and efficient use of water.

Apart from this, the ABY Scheme will also provide service of convergence of ongoing Government schemes in the states by incentivizing their focussed implementation in identified priority areas. After the implementation of this scheme, it is expected that this scheme will benefit about 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these states.

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