Central Government had a Proposal to launch Atal Bhujal Yojana and the Indian Government had discussed about the launch of the Atal Bhujal Yojana in the Cabinet meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Atal Bhujal scheme on December 25 that is the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Union Cabinet will discuss about proposal to launch the Atal Bhujal Yojna. The main objective of Atal Bhujal Yojana is for sustainable management of groundwater resources with community participation.
The groundwater preservation scheme that is Atal Bhujal Yojana was named after the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He actively participated in the communities in various activities such as formation of water user associations, monitoring and disseminating groundwater data, water budgeting, preparation and implementation of Gram Panchayat-wise water security plans.
The Department officials had identified over exploited and water stressed areas in India for the implementation of Atal Bhujal Yojana scheme. The sates that fall in are Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
The states have been selected by the Government authorities based on the number of criteria, including degree of groundwater exploitation and degradation, established legal and regulatory instruments, institutional readiness, and experience in implementing initiatives related to groundwater management.
The Cabinet will approve Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) with a total outlay of Rs.6000 crore. This scheme will be implemented over a period of 5 years. The Central Government had identified seven states to take part in this scheme. Those states are Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The funding pattern will be 50:50 between Government of India and World Bank. Union Cabinet had cleared Atal Jal Yojana and the 50:50 funding will be done that is Rs.3000 crore from World Bank and the Central Government will put Rs.3000 crore in the scheme.
Central Groundwater Board reports shows that there are 6584 blocks in the country, 1034 have been over-exploited. Form this blocks 64 blocks are from Haryana, 43 from Karnataka, 105 from Punjab, 164 from Rajasthan, 358 from Tamil Nadu and 113 from Karnataka. The scheme will be implemented in 78 districts, 193 blocks and 8,350 gram panchayats in next five years. These seven states represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of groundwater in India.
Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) is a very big project to be planned and implemented extraordinarily in several states based on the calculations. We will give you more information about this scheme immedidately after the approval and the launch of the scheme. The updates regarding Atal Bhujal Yojana will also be mentioned in this article. Benefits of the scheme, eligible states and other important criteria will also be discussed shortly after the update form the central Government and union cabinet.