In news: The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the implementation of the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL), a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs.6000 crore to be implemented over a period of 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25).

More about the scheme

  • Aims and Objective
    • The scheme aims to improve ground water management through community participation in identified priority areas in seven States, viz. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
    • ATAL JAL will promote panchayat led ground water management and behavioural change with primary focus on demand side management 
  • Funding
    • Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crore, 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. 
  • Major Components:           
    • Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building Component for strengthening institutional arrangements for sustainable groundwater management in the States.
    • Incentive Component for incentivising the States for achievements in improved groundwater management practices namely, data dissemination, preparation of water security plans, etc.