DMPQ: Objectives of Atal Bhujal Yojana.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2019 launched a scheme to conserve ground water in regions with low water tables. It is a Rs.6000 crore World Bank approved Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Jal Shakti The funding pattern is 50:50 between Government of India and World Bank.

Aims to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country through community participation. The scheme major focus will be on:

  1. Community participation eg, “formation of Water User Associations”.
  2. Monitoring and dissemination of data.
  3. Water budgeting.
  4. Panchayat-level plans.
  5. Information, Education & Communication (IEC) activities.

The priority areas identified under the scheme fall in the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These States represent about 25% of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of ground water in India. 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.

 

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