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Indian Prime Minister launched Atal Bhujal Yojana on the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atal Bhujal Yojana is a central sector scheme which the Union Cabinet approved with a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 crores and this is to be implemented for 5 years.

Ground Water Situation in India

Ground Water Situation in India

Ground Water Situation in India

Scheme Overview

  • Out of Rs. 6,000 crore outlay, 50 % share in the form of World Bank as loan and it will repay by the central government and the remaining 50 % shall be coming from the central assistance in the form of regular budgeting.

  • It aims to improve the better management of groundwater via community participation.

  • It will identify the overexploited and water-stressed areas.

  • The Prime Minister also released a booklet on the guidelines for the Jal Jeevan Mission.

  • It is being implemented in the States of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

  • The scheme is expected to benefit nearly 8,350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these 7 states.

  • Atal Bhujal Yojana is a central sector scheme and the Union Cabinet approved with a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 crores, this is to be implemented for 5 years.

  • Out of Rs. 6,000 crore outlay, 50 % share in the form of World Bank as loan and it will repay by the central government and the remaining 50 % shall be coming from the central assistance in the form of regular budgeting.

  • The central government also encouraging startups to come up with new technologies to ensure minimal use of water for various needs.

  • Out of 18 crores rural households, only three crore households have access to clean and piped water.

  • The remaining 15 crore rural households will get piped water in the next five years.

  • According to Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), the per capita availability of water in less than 1,700 cubic meters it referred to as a water-stressed condition and if it is below the 1,000 cubic metrics it is called as water scarcity condition.

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB)

  • CGWB is a multi-disciplinary scientific organization of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.

  • It monitors the water levels and quality of water through the 23,196 National Hydrograph Monitoring Stations, 6,503 dug Wells and 16,693 Piezometers.

  • Piezometer is a device placed in a borehole to monitor the depth of groundwater.

  • CGWB monitors the data every year in January, March-May, August and November.

  • The number of over-exploited units have increased to 1,186 from 839 in 2017 since 2004.

  • It provides scientific inputs for management, exploration, monitoring, assessment, argumentation, and regulations of ground resources of the country.

  • It was established in 1970.

  • It is headed by the Chairman with six members.

  • It is having 18 regional offices.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 28, 2020

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