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Greening the Desert : Motivating Settlers in the IGNP

Rakesh Hooja (Author)
Synopsis The book reviews in an interdisciplinary manner internationally available literature on settlement theory and management of irrigation and Command Area Development projects. It then undertakes an in-depth analysis of the Indira Gandhi Canal (formerly Rajasthan Canal) Project which involves not only massive agro-irrigational works and efforts, but also infrastructural area development and the transformation of demographic conditions in its command area. Problems in implementing the project and especially in motivating people to settle and initiate irrigated agriculture have been identified. Lessons from settlement and irrigation management/rural development theory and also from field experiences in the project over the last 40 odd years are considered so as to identify course of action which would result in better settler motivation, optimal implementation of the Command Area Development Programme, and the eventual greening of large tracts of the Thar Desert. The book is likely to interest engineers, social scientists, and experts in agriculture, afforestation, town planning, rural development, infrastructure development, social transformation, public and project administration, land and water management, etc.
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About the author

Rakesh Hooja

Rakesh Hooja is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. His earlier prominent assignments in the government of Rajasthan include Area Development Commissioner, Indira Gandhi Canal Project, Secretary, Command Area Development and Water Utilisation and Commissioner, Agriculture Development Project. He has written extensively in his areas of interest like land and water management decentralized and district planning, rural development, participatory irrigation management, watershed management and development administration.

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Title Greening the Desert : Motivating Settlers in the IGNP
Author Rakesh Hooja
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. Ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
length 296p.