Groundwater is one of the important natural resources of water and India is the largest user of groundwater. But, people often take groundwater for granted. Groundwater over-exploitation is one of the biggest issues of concern in India. So, our government is coming up with scheme called the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY) of Rs 6,000-crore to tackle with this problem.
This scheme will be launched in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Akhil Kumar, the joint secretary in charge of groundwater in the water ministry said that, this scheme will be for five years.
The money will be given to the states in two parts; the 50% of the money will be given to states along with the grampanchayat as an incentive for groundwater management to encourage active participation of communities with an aim to bring in a concept of self-regulation and the other 50% money for strengthening institutional arrangements such as providing a strong database and scientific approach for accomplishment of sustainable management of groundwater. The senior ministry official said that, the state that will put more efforts for groundwater augmentation will get more incentive.