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Policies Intervention for Groundwater Governance in Gujarat and Politics

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (1), Pages 55-58, January,14 (2015)


Gujarat is a rapidly developing State where groundwater is a scarce source and ever increasing demand of water resources is creating conflicting interests in water management policies. It is also seen that for the last few decades, Wide-ranging interests of agriculture, industry and domestic sector along with natural environment have to be fulfilled from this natural resource. Analysis Review of existing groundwater governance instruments is revealing a point that here are a lot of limitations that deals with varied management issues arising due to different hydrogeological scenario in this state. It is found that goal of groundwater governance have been missed from the various policy instruments and contemporary governance instrument implementation are suggesting that economic instruments with attributes of tax, tradable right and subsidy need will helpful for conceiving clear aims and objective for the current situation. This paper has explored the insights on the policy interventions (direct and indirect tools) for groundwater governance in the state of Gujarat and its links with politics. The findings of this paper are illustrating a point that indirect way of governing the groundwater is more viable than the direct methods.


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