A PERFORMANCE STUDY OF PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IN EASTERN INDIA: OBJECTIVES, RATIONAL OF CONCEPT AND NEED

A PERFORMANCE STUDY OF PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IN EASTERN INDIA:  OBJECTIVES, RATIONAL OF CONCEPT AND NEED

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Publishing year : 2007

Conference : The 4th Asian Conference and the 10th International Seminar on Irrigation Participatory Management

Number of pages : 14

Abstract: The main motivations of this paper is to examine the functioning and otherwise of the Water User Association (WUA) or Pani Panchayat promoted by the State and local traditional irrigation institutions and to evaluate their functioning and Characteristics in the context of local water management in the Hirakud Command Area (HCA) of Orissa State in Eastern India. The specific objectives are; (1) to contrast formal and informal institutions in terms of their formation, performance and success, (2) to examine about peoples' participation and their liveliness, (3) to recommend policy interventions to make formal institutions more successful. The paper concludes that the Pani Panchayat as the regulatory bodies responsible for water distribution on an equitable basis, their performance has been reasonably weak and unsuccessful. Even though Pani Panchayat has been initiated and endorsed in the State for more than a couple of years, the acceptance of the model has been lethargic and scattered.