Atal Bhujal Yojana 2023: Central Government has launched Atal Bhoojal Yojana for water conservation. This scheme will improve the existing condition of several water bodies of the country. The Atal Bhujal Yojana will help in raising the level of groundwater to meet the needs of the agricultural sector. Central govt. has earmarked Rs.6,000 crore to successfully implement this large project. Atal Bhujal Yojana will be implemented over a period of 5 years in identified areas in Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.
What is Atal Bhujal Yojana 2023
Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) is a Central Sector Scheme for facilitating sustainable groundwater management with an outlay of Rs. 6000 crore. Out of this, Rs.3,000 crore will be as loan from the World Bank and Rs. 3,000 crore as a matching contribution from the Government of India (GoI).
Objectives of Atal Bhoojal Yojana:
The scheme lays emphasis on community participation and demand-side interventions for sustainable groundwater management in identified water-stressed areas in seven States of the country. The scheme also envisages improved source sustainability for the Jal Jeevan Mission, a positive contribution to the Government’s goal of ‘doubling farmers’ income’, and inculcating behavioral changes in the community to facilitate optimal water use.
Features of Atal Bhujal Yojana:
Benefits – This scheme will help in reviving the water bodies. Moreover, the levels of groundwater will also get improved especially in rural areas.
Beneficiaries – Govt. will implement this Atal Bhujal Yojana in identified areas in Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. All the people can then use underground water or water from the Ganga River. Atal Bhoojal Scheme will provide more benefits to the people of rural areas as compared to the people in urban areas.
Provisional Budget – Central govt. has allotted a budget of Rs. 6000 crores for this scheme and is now approved by the cabinet. Out of the total budget earmarked, Rs. 3000 Crore will be spent by the central government while the rest Rs. 3000 Crore will be funded by the World Bank.
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Atal Bhujal Yojana will raise the underwater level to provide pure and clean water for agricultural use to the farmers. Govt. will ensure the revival of water bodies to properly supply groundwater and Ganga River Water for agricultural needs. All the people of rural and urban areas can take benefits from the Atal Bhoojal Yojana.