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Administration of Desert and Drought-Prone Arid Areas: Changing Contours of Administration Since Independence Golden Jubilee

Rakesh Hooja (Editor) R.K. Choubisa (Editor)
Synopsis This development of desert areas, administration of drought -prone regions, arid zone agriculture, watershed development and 'watershed plus', water use in arid and semi-arid areas, coping with drought –these are all of the vital importance for the rainfed or dry farming areas in the country. Their administration provides a special challenge as well as an exciting opportunity for innovative sustainable development. From scientific and planed approaches to arresting or combating deserts and monitoring desertification to social aspects of desert development, the development delivery system in desert districts, integrative machinery for desert development, grassland management and health problems in deserts, area development programmes and area development authorities, various aspects of watershed development, including the role of the government watershed departments, community-based organizations and panchayats in watershed and 'watershed plus', the undertaking of water harvesting projects, water as a tool in desert development, agriculture and land water management in arid areas, optimizing crop production, agriculture marketing, forestry and predicting and facing drought as well as the famine code and drought administration virtually every gamut of administering desert and drought -prone arid areas as well as places restricted to dry farming and rainfed agriculture finds mention in this volume. The 24 articles by experts and practitioners divided into four sections, along with the crispy editors' introduction, make this book of special relevance to those interested in the development of desert and drought-prone arid areas in India.
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About the authors

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.

R.K. Choubisa

R.K. Chobisa obtained his M.A. and M.Phil degrees in Public Administration from the University of Trainers Courses at Themes Valley University, and RIPA International, London, and is a national resource person in the area of training design and management. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Public Administration in the HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Jaipur.

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Title Administration of Desert and Drought-Prone Arid Areas: Changing Contours of Administration Since Independence Golden Jubilee
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.10.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131602423
length xxx+354p., Tables; Notes; 23cm.