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Watershed Management for Sustainable Development

 
A. Ranga Reddy (Editor)
Synopsis Even after six decades of independence, the significance of Indian agriculture is overburdened with more people, more area, less economics, which is solidly depending on vagaries of monsoon. Government’s rural development has not made the desire impact on the lives of people. However, the degraded moonscape of Jhabua district became the setting for a major watershed development programme. This grew into other programmes of rural development. The poorest of the poor are reaping the benefits today. The objective is to trap every drop of rain, people have to demand nullahs, build tanks and watersheds. To conserve soil people had to plant fruit bearing trees. Soon, there was grass for cattle and crop[s of different kinds. Anna Hazare and Ralegan Siddhi’s people got used to producing surplus water and began to build brick houses for themselves. The Primary aim is to make water every body’s responsibility and to ensure that water management is not a centralised issues that the state has to deal with. All water comes from rain. Rain is decentralized. So is the demand for water. Why can’t we decentralize scientific supply? Farmers, NGOs, Self-Help Groups, Vana Samarakshana Samithis, Gram Sabhas, State and Water Users’ Associations have to participate enmasse for promoting integrated watershed development and water harvesters have to make India green for avoiding chronic droughts and famines.
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About the author

A. Ranga Reddy

Dr. A. Ranga Reddy is Professor, Department of Economics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and has recently completed two projects. “An Assessment of Environmental Impact of Tungabhadra Project”, funded by UGC and “Revisting Punchalapalle Sundarayya’s Research Study on Agrarian Changes” in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, funded by ICSSR, New Delhi. He organized many lecture programmes and seminars on Sustainable Development, Wastage of Irrigation Water, Health Care Services Management and Banking Credit. So far he has published more than 50 papers and two books. He is a life member of several national professional bodies and Secretary of Madabushi Ananthasayanam Institute of Public Affairs, Tirupati. He was selected for Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme (1997) and visited Paris. In the same year, he presented a research paper on Rayalaseema in the International Conference held at University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. He received Meritorious Teacher award in 2000 from S.V. University, Tirupati.

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Title Watershed Management for Sustainable Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183240097
length xiv+317p., Tables; Figures; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.