Atal Bhujal Yojana

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Recently, The fourth meeting of the National Level Steering Committee (NLSC) of the Atal Bhujal Yojana was held in New Delhi.

Atal Bhujal Yojana:

  • Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) is being implemented as a Central Sector Scheme since April, 2020 in 8220 water stressed Gram Panchayats of 229 administrative blocks/Talukas in 80 districts of seven States Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Implementation Period: for 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25).
  • Goal: To demonstrate community-led sustainable ground water management which can be taken to scale.
  • Objective: The major objective of the Scheme is to improve the management of groundwater resources in select water stressed areas in identified states.
  • Funding: Total outlay of INR 6000 crores. Out of this, INR 3,000 crores will be as loan from the World Bank and INR 3,000 crores as matching contribution from the Government of India.
  • Program Components:
    • Institutional Strengthening & Capacity Building Component: This component is for strengthening institutional arrangements and capacities in the states.
    • Incentive Component: The incentive component is for incentivizing the States for convergence amongst various schemes of the Central and State Governments.
  • Nodal agency: The Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Outcomes of meeting:

  • Overall performance of the scheme is satisfactory and the achievements under Disbursement Linked Indicators are also noteworthy.
  • The Committee decides Atal Bhujal Yojana should be taken up for continuation for another two years beyond 2025.


Q1) What is smile scheme?

The Government of India has formulated a comprehensive scheme of SMILE (Support for Marginalised. Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise) to address the persisting problem of destitution and beggary.

Source: Secretary, Department of Water Resources Chairs Meeting Of National Level Steering Committee of Atal Bhujal Yojana