Atal Bhujal Yojana: The Modi government has started two important schemes on the occasion of the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These schemes are being started under the name Atal Bhujal and Atal Tunnel. The central government has allocated Rs 6000 crore for this.
Atal Bhujal Yojana is a groundwater management scheme launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on 25 December 2019, on the occasion of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary. The management and conservation of groundwater will be done through this scheme and the focus will be given to the plan to reach clean drinking water to every household.
It was approved in the cabinet meeting led by PM Modi, a day before the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Do you want to know what is Atal Bhujal Yojana and how it is being implemented? We are telling you about this in detail on this page.
What is Atal Bhujal Yojana?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Atal Bhujal Yojana in a program organized at Vigyan Bhawan in the capital on the occasion of the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The objective of this scheme is to promote groundwater management in rural areas. Altogether 8,350 villages in 7 states will get its benefit. These states include Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Karnataka. Along with this, it will also help in doubling the income of the farmers.
According to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Atal Bhujal Yojana has been started to deal with the problem of water. Rs. 6000 crores will be spent on this in 5 years, out of which 3000 crores will be given by the World Bank and 3000 crores by the government. Through this, groundwater will be managed and work will be done on a plan to reach clean drinking water to every household of the country.
Purpose of Atal Bhujal Yojana
- Atal Bhujal Yojana has been started with the aim of raising the groundwater level in such areas, where the water has gone down considerably. The main objective of the scheme is to increase the level of groundwater. Also, this scheme has been started by the central government to provide benefits to the farmers.
- The central government wants to ensure adequate water storage for the farmers under this scheme. Under this scheme, 8350 villages of seven states will be benefitted. Educational and dialogue programs will be conducted for the conservation of groundwater.
- Atal Bhujal Yojana will help a lot in lifting groundwater of these seven states, which are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. The groundwater situation in 8,350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts of these seven states is very worrying.
- Common people will also be included in Atal Bhujal Yojana. Work will be done at the gram panchayat level for water security. Under this scheme, institutional arrangements will be strengthened for sustainable groundwater management in the states.
- Under the Atal Bhujal scheme, a target has been set to provide drinking water to every household by the year 2024.
Implementation of Atal Bhujal Yojana
- Atal Bhujal Yojana got approval from the World Bank on 12th December. The Government of India will have a 50 percent stake in this project costing Rs 6,000 crore, while half will be spent by the World Bank.
- This scheme will be implemented in the water crisis-hit Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. These states have been selected keeping in mind the depletion of groundwater, pollution, and other parameters.
- The government believes that this scheme will help in doubling the income of farmers, 8,350 villages will benefit from this scheme. According to the government, Rs 6,000 crore will be spent in five years on the scheme to deal with the water problem.
- Work will be done for water security at the gram panchayat level. Educational and dialogue programs will be conducted for the conservation of groundwater.
- Common people will also be included in this scheme. This scheme will be taken forward with the help of the Water Users Association, monitoring and data collection of groundwater extraction.
Details About Atal Bhujal Scheme
- The National Ground Water Management Reform Scheme was announced in the Union Budget for the year 2016-17.
- The scheme was discontinued by the Expenditure Finance Committee in May 2017 but has since been re-launched by renaming the scheme as ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana’.
- The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation.
- The Atal Bhujal scheme aims to improve groundwater management in priority areas of the country.
That was all about the Atal Bhujal Yojana central government scheme. Under this scheme, the central government is planning the management and the conservation of groundwater in seven states of India. This is going to be one of the most helpful schemes that have been initiated by the government. If you have any doubts related to this post, then you can ask us through the comments. Keep visiting Janta Yojana to get details about the latest schemes.