TITLE: IRRIGATION & WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
PROJECT FUNDED BY
Government of Haryana
PROJECT DURATION: 2022 to 2025
The Atal Bhujal Yojana (Atal Jal) is a significant groundwater management scheme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25, 2019. This scheme aims to enhance groundwater management in seven states across India. One of these states where Atal Bhujal Yojana is actively being implemented is Haryana, with the responsibility falling under the Irrigation and Water Resources (I & WR) department.
The central objective of the Atal Bhujal Yojana is to enhance the management of groundwater resources, particularly in regions facing water scarcity issues within the selected states. Atal Jal seeks to promote sustainable groundwater management by fostering cooperation and convergence among various ongoing schemes, all while actively involving local communities and stakeholders in the process.
Yuva Mitra, as the designated implementation agency for the Atal Bhujal Yojana in the Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, and Mahendragarh districts of Haryana, plays a pivotal role in making this initiative a success. The organization’s work revolves around providing capacity-building training programs to the local communities and stakeholders involved in groundwater management.
Yuva Mitra’s role and contributions to the Atal Bhujal Yojana:
Empowering Local Stakeholders: Yuva Mitra recognizes that effective groundwater management is only possible when local stakeholders are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills. Through a series of workshops, training sessions, and awareness campaigns, the organization empowers these community members with the understanding of sustainable groundwater practices.
Data Collection and Analysis: Effective groundwater management requires accurate data collection and analysis. Yuva Mitra ensures that local communities are trained in these essential aspects. They learn how to gather data related to groundwater levels, quality, and usage, and then how to analyze this information for informed decision-making.
Use of Modern Technologies: In today’s world, technology plays a crucial role in data collection and analysis. Yuva Mitra educates communities on the use of modern tools and technologies that can aid in better understanding and managing groundwater resources. This includes the use of data loggers, sensors, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping.
Promoting Sustainability: The primary goal of Atal Jal is sustainability in groundwater management. Yuva Mitra’s efforts are geared towards fostering a more sustainable and responsible approach. Communities are encouraged to adopt practices that ensure the long-term availability of groundwater while safeguarding against depletion or contamination.
Community Participation: One of the key principles of the Atal Bhujal Yojana is community participation. Yuva Mitra actively involves local communities and stakeholders in decision-making processes related to groundwater management. This participatory approach ensures that the solutions implemented are contextually relevant and community-driven.
Yuva Mitra’s involvement in the Atal Bhujal Yojana in Haryana showcases the organization’s commitment to sustainable groundwater management. By imparting knowledge, skills, and modern technologies to local communities and stakeholders, Yuva Mitra is contributing to the broader goal of improving groundwater management in water-stressed areas, ultimately ensuring a more sustainable and responsible use of this vital resource.