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Atal Bhujal Yojana - A scheme for groundwater

Posted on : 31 Jan 2020

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  • Prime Minister launched the Atal Bhujal Yojana, or Atal Jal.
  • Atal Jal is a World Bank-funded, central scheme aimed at improving groundwater management.
  • The idea first came up in 2015, in view of depleting groundwater resources. The government announced its intention to start a programme for management of groundwater resources in the Budget of 2016-17.
  • ATAL JAL has been designed with the principal objective of strengthening the institutional framework for participatory groundwater management and bringing about behavioral changes at the community level for sustainable groundwater resource management in seven States, viz. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Implementation of the scheme is expected to benefit nearly 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these States.
  • ATAL JAL will promote panchayat led ground water management and behavioural change with primary focuses on demand side management.
  • Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crore to be implemented over a period of 5 years, 50% shall be in the form of World Bank loan, and be repaid by the Central Government.
  • The remaining 50% shall be through Central Assistance from regular budgetary support.
  • The entire World Bank's loan component and Central Assistance shall be passed on to the States as Grants.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to Atal Bhujal Yojana, consider the following statements
    1.It is a scheme for Rainwater harvesting.
    2.It is partly funded by World Bank.
    3.Implementation of the scheme would be pan India.
    Choose the correct option from the following

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 only

    3.3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 2 only

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