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Objects and Accomplishments of Participatory Irrigation Management Programme in India: An Open Pair of Scissors

By R Parthasarathy

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Participatory irrigation management programme as a prelude to irrigation management transfer to users is being set up by many states for over five years now. Though it is recognized that the government should no longer be in the business of retailing water to individual consumer, the PIM policy or Acts in India as an instrument lacks the sharpness to catalyze farmer management as a cutting edge to irrigation sector reforms. The objectives of the reform measure and the actual achievement are in opposite directions so far. What measures are required to close the gap between goals and practices are the central concern of the present analysis. [Working Paper No.146]. URL: [http://www.gidr.ac.in/pdf/WP-146.pdf].Participatory irrigation management (PIM); Irrigation management transfer (IMT); Water users association (WUA); Irrigation policy and performance, Outlays and expenditure on irrigation projects; Financing PIM, community management, village, canals, waterlogging, salination, subsidies

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