Decentralization of Irrigation Management in India: Problems of Participation and the Role of Water User Associations

Book Title: PROCEEDINGS OF 2009 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (5TH), VOL III
Year Published: 2009
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Author: Nath, Suman ; Chakrabarti, Bhaskar ; Chattopadhyay, Raghabendra
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Decentralization of irrigation management is now one of the priorities of governments across the world and different funding agencies to cope with the managerial crisis of water service delivery. In India, the state governments have recently initiated participatory irrigation management through involvement of water user associations. This paper analyzes the processes of decentralization of water sector in West Bengal and eight North Eastern states of India to find out the present status of people's participation in the decision-making process. Our study shows that in most states, low rates of participation of local people in the decision-making regarding water delivery exists because the water user associations are non-functional or do not have proper legal status, which is a cause for alarm. In this paper, we search for the reasons behind the failure of the participatory agenda of the water sector in rural areas. The ethnography of irrigation societies, government officials and analysis of policy documents shows the half-hearted attempt and lack of coordination along with other micro-level factors that lead to the failure, including problems of local politics resulting in skewed distribution of water.

Pages: 513-522
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Organization: Univ Elect Sci & Technol China; Amer Soc Public Adm; Chinese Public Adm Soc; Moscow State Univ, Sch Public Adm; Chinese Public Adm Journal
Publisher: UNIV ELECTRONIC SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHINA PRESS
ISBN: 978-7-5647-0139-0
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Keywords:

Participatory irrigation management; Effective usage of water; User association; Local politics

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