ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Problematic Uses and Practices of Farm Ponds in Maharashtra

Although the construction of farm ponds is portrayed as a miracle strategy by the state and central government as well as popular media, the manner of its implementation and practice in arid and semi-arid regions of Maharashtra is a cause for worry. Farmers extract a huge amount of groundwater to store in large-sized farm ponds. The need of the hour is to appropriately regulate farm pond practices in the state.

Functionalist Perspective

The paper by Seema Kulkarni (“Women and Decentralised Water Governance: Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward”, EPW, 30 April 2011) compels us to critically think over the deadlock regarding solutions to the exclusion of the poor from natural resource governance. Although the author talks about...
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