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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):

AboutAtal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) is a central sector scheme, for sustainable management of groundwater with community participation.
ObjectiveIt 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
MinistryMinistry of Jal Shakti
FundingGovernment of India and World Bank on a 50:50 basis
Participating StatesGujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh
Selection Criteria for StatesGroundwater exploitation, degradation, legal and regulatory instruments, institutional readiness, and experience in groundwater management initiatives
Focus AreasOver-exploited and water-stressed areas
Water Conservation InterventionsDemand-side interventions, reducing water demand in irrigation, promoting efficient water techniques (drip/sprinkler, irrigation through the pipeline, mulching, crop diversification, etc.)
Performance-based IncentivesStates performing well can receive additional incentive funds
Monitoring and EvaluationPre-defined targets called Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs)