V Ratna Reddy
Sustainable management of groundwater continues to be ignored in India although its hydrogeological and socieconomic aspects continue to be studied extensively. Despite recognition of its importance at the policy level, no clear plan of action exists for groundwater management in India.
This report published by the Asia Development Bank includes a case study that attempts to understand the potential of watershed development in addressing the issues of poverty alleviation. The important issues in this regard include:
- Assessing the linkages between watershed development and rural livelihoods & poverty,
- Type and nature of benefit flows accruing to various sections of the community
- Challenges in making the watershed programme pro-poor and sustaining it in the long run.