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Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY)


Source: PIB

 Context: The National Level Steering Committee of the Atal Bhujal Yojana, chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Water Resources, has decided to continue the ABY for another two years beyond 2025, till 2027.


Key features of the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY):

About Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) is a central sector scheme, for sustainable management of groundwater with community participation.
Objective It envisages people’s participation through the formation of ‘Water User Associations’, water budgeting, preparation & implementation of Gram-panchayat-wise water security plans, etc.


It aims to bring behavioural changes in communities and promotes demand-side interventions for water conservation and smart water management. It emphasizes reducing water demand in irrigation and implementing efficient water techniques.

Launched in 2020
Ministry Ministry of Jal Shakti
Funding Government of India and World Bank on a 50:50 basis
Participating States Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh
Selection Criteria for States Groundwater exploitation, degradation, legal and regulatory instruments, institutional readiness, and experience in groundwater management initiatives
Focus Areas Over-exploited and water-stressed areas
Water Conservation Interventions Demand-side interventions, reducing water demand in irrigation, promoting efficient water techniques (drip/sprinkler, irrigation through the pipeline, mulching, crop diversification, etc.)
Performance-based Incentives States performing well can receive additional incentive funds
Monitoring and Evaluation Pre-defined targets called Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs)