Publish Date: December 29, 2022
    1. Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) is a Central Sector Scheme for facilitating sustainable ground water management with an outlay of Rs. 6000 crore. Out of this, Rs. 3,000 is loan from the
      World Bank and Rs. 3,000 crore is matching contribution from the Government of India (GoI).
    2. The scheme lays emphasis on community participation and demand side interventions for sustainable ground water management in identified water stressed areas in seven States of the
      Country. The scheme also envisages improved source sustainability for Jal Jeevan Mission,positive contribution to the Government’s goal of ‘doubling farmer’s income’ and inculcating
      behavioral changes in the community to facilitate optimal water use.Under the scheme, focus is on awareness creation, capacity building, convergence with different schemes and better agricultural practices.
    3. Funds under the scheme shall be provided to the States as grants-in-aid. The World Bank financing is done under a new lending instrument, that is, Program for Results (PforR), wherein
      funds under the scheme are disbursed from the World Bank to the GoI for disbursement to participating States based on achievement of pre-agreed results.
    4. The scheme is being taken up in 8220 water stressed Gram Panchayats of Haryana, Gujarat,Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The details of area
      identified for implementation of the scheme are as below.
    Details of area & tentative financial allocations
    Sl.No. State Districts Blocks GPs
    1 Gujarat 06 36 1,873
    2 Haryana 14 36 1,656
    3 Karnataka 14 41 1,199
    4 Madhya Pradesh 06 09 6,70
    5 Maharashtra 13 43 1,333
    6 Rajasthan 17 38 1,139
    7 Uttar Pradesh 10 26 5,50
    TOTAL 80 229 8,220
    1. The Scheme has two components, viz.
      1. Institutional Strengthening & Capacity Building component (Rs. 1,400 crore)for strengthening institutional arrangements for ground water governance by facilitating strong data base, scientific approach and community participation in ground water sector in the participating States to enable them sustainably manage their resources.
      2. Incentive Component (Rs. 4,600 crore)for incentivizing the States for achievement of pre- defined results with emphasis on community participation, demand management and
        convergence among various on-going schemes of the Central and State Governments and consequent improvement in ground water regime
    1. Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs)-have been identified on the basis of which the incentive amount will be disbursed. The five DLIs considered are
      1. Public disclosure of groundwater data/ information and reports (10% of incentive fund),
      2. Preparation of Community-led Water Security Plans (15% of incentive fund)
      3. Public financing of interventions through convergence of on-going schemes (20% of incentive fund)
      4. Adoption of practices for efficient water use (40% of incentive fund)
      5. Improvement in the rate of decline of groundwater levels (15% of incentive fund).

    Better performing States / areas will be eligible for additional funds.
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