The government has quoted a Rs 6,000-crore scheme to tackle the country’s depleting groundwater level to be announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley  in the Union Budget 2018-19. 

Termed as Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY) and piloted under the Union water resources ministry, the scheme is awaiting cabinet’s clearance. It will be launched in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, covering 78 districts, 193 blocks and more than 8,300 gram panchayats.

Key Points About Atal Bhoojal Yojana

  1. The Government is going to launch a Water Conservation scheme i.e Atal Bhoojal Yojana.
  2. Under this scheme, groundwater will be recharged and will provide sufficient water for the use of agriculture purposes because of the recent shortage of the ground water.
  3. This scheme will also revive the water bodies like rivers so the level of groundwater can be increased especially in the rural areas.
  4. The water available in the Ganga River will be used under this scheme “Atal Bhoojal Yojana” to increase the levels of ground water.
  5. The government has the plan to boost conservation of groundwater and
    by the implementation of this scheme ground water can be recharged consequently providing aid to water scarcity areas.

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VINBAX-2018 ,The India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise was conducted at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh to carry out training for Peace Keeping Operations under United Nations (UN) mandate. It is the first military exercise between the two countries and was jointly undertaken between 15 officers each from Indian Army and Vietnam People’s Army.

Key Points

The joint exercise was especially designed to enable and train officers from Vietnam in United Nations Peace Keeping Operations and was based on mutual interaction and experiences amongst both armies and further strengthened cultural and historical ties between them and took bilateral relations forward to greater heights.

Background

Talking about Defence ties between India and Vietnam –

  1. Relation is directly and primarily focused on being cooperative in the maritime domain.
  2. Both countries had signed a protocol on defence cooperation in 1994.
  3. And Hence Cooperative Partnership was elevated to strategic level partnership in 2007 and along with it a pact was signed in 2009 boosting bilateral defence cooperation.
  4. The strategic partnership was escalated to a comprehensive strategic partnership in September 2016.