7 Key Points You Should Know About Atal Bhujal Yojana
ATAL BHUJAL YOJANA
① Atal Bhujal, Yojana has been launched with an aim to raise the groundwater level in those areas where it has significantly declined.
② Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) is a Central Sector Scheme for facilitating sustainable groundwater management with an outlay of INR 6000 crore. Out of this, INR 3,000 crore will be as a loan from the World Bank and INR 3,000 crore as matching contribution from the Government of India (GoI).
③ The yojana (programme) was launched by PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of 95th birth anniversary of former Prime. Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
④ The objective of the scheme is to increase the level of groundwater, would provide benefits to the farmers.
⑤ This scheme is expected to benefit 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts of seven states chosen i.e. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
⑥ PM Narendra Modi said that a provision has been made in the Atal Jal Yojana to encourage Gram Panchayats to perform better in water management.
⑦ The government has set a target to provide clean drinking water facility to 15 crore rural households in the next five years.