Atal groundwater scheme will be implemented in these seven states
New Delhi - The cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved the implementation of the 'Atal Ground Water' scheme in seven states including Maharashtra, including sustainable groundwater management through public participation.
The scheme is going to be implemented in the next five years and in this regard, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that 65% of the area under irrigation is irrigated through groundwater while 86% water is used for drinking. The scheme will be implemented in Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
About 8350-gram panchayats in 78 districts of these seven states will benefit from this scheme. The main objective of this scheme is to double the income of farmers. Other objectives are to increase public participation in groundwater management, encourage the use of large-scale wastewater, develop cropping systems, use of groundwater at the social level and try to change the role of citizens for equal use.
Source - Agrovan, 25 December 2019
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