Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY)

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Aims to tackle ever-deepening crisis of depleting groundwater level
  • The objective of scheme is to recharge ground water and create sufficient water storage for agricultural purposes.
  • It also focuses on revival of surface water bodies so that ground water level can be increased, especially in the rural areas.
  • It will give emphasis to recharging ground water sources and ensure efficient use of water by involving people at local level.
  • The scheme after Cabinet’s clearance will soon be launched in water-stressed states: Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
  • It will cover 78 districts, 193 blocks and more than 8,300 gram panchayats across these states.
  • Centre will support half of the total project cost and rest of the budgetary cost will be shared by the World Bank.
  • The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23 - Atal Bhujal Yojana
  • This scheme will help those who are in need for constant ground water supply especially farmers who have been hard impacted by acute shortage of ground water for past several years.
  • Its focus is primarily on involvement of communities and convergence with different water schemes.
  • Its major component is making society responsible and bringing about behaviour change to manage groundwater resource.
  • It will help improve overall outlook towards water resource.

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