Governance of Water: Institutional Alternatives and by Vishwa Ballabh

By Vishwa Ballabh

Water comparable concerns impinge on human health in various methods and renovation of water resources is key for the improvement of a fit society. the floor truth, although, is especially varied and there exists festival between and among assorted water clients and use sectors that ends up in clash. bettering governance of water is a paramount desire for society, yet latest reform efforts and coverage tasks have made little headway. This booklet makes an attempt to start up the discourse of governance of water within the Indian context from various angles, comparable to neo-classical and institutional economics, deliberative democracy, public management, collective motion and political economic climate views. Reform in water governance not just features a re-orientation of coverage priorities and methods, but in addition the restructuring of the institutional framework clear of the nation and village dichotomy. New intermediate associations are required to permit a negotiated method of water source governance, multi-stakeholder participation, and built-in water source administration at a variety of degrees: the village, country, and country as a complete.

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Issues of equity, power and caste relations, ‘gender’10, and so on, arise in the context of the establishment of Water Users’ Associations under the PIM scheme, watershed committees for managing water-harvesting or watershed development initiatives, and tank farmers’ associations (in the southern states). These involve both social and political questions. Finally, the difficulties in regulating the exploitation of groundwater are (as mentioned earlier) partly legal and partly (and more importantly) political.

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Upper and lower riparians (or riparians and non-riparians) must share waters (where necessary) through the routes of agreement, treaty, conciliation, mediation, arbitration or adjudication, and not by a sale-and-purchase contract. Turning to the advocacy of privatisation, the argument for privatisation cannot forthwith be transferred from consumer or industrial goods to water, because the analogy is inapt: we cannot do without water and there are no substitutes for it. Moreover, water is a basic right and (as mentioned above) the state does have a responsibility to ensure that no one is denied this right, regardless of which agency provides the service.

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