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

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Godavari Basin Water Resources Draft Final Plan

The article comments on the Maharashtra government's Department of Water Resources Draft Godavari Basin Water Resources Plan from the perspective of the Vidarbha region.

Maharashtra's Water Politics

Maharashtra was the first Indian state to legislate an independent water regulatory authority in 2005. This decision was driven as much by the World Bank-promoted water sector reforms as by domestic politics. Irrigation backlogs and regional imbalances have been the main feature of water politics whose roots go back to the formation of the state. The state government's desire to prioritise water allocation for industrial use in its State Water Policy 2003 met with strong resistance from people in Vidarbha. Although irrigation was eventually prioritised above industry, politics also led to the undermining of the independent water regulatory authority legislated as an essential element of the water sector reforms.

A Critique of the Unorganised Workers' Social Security Act

As the first attempt to legislate security for 94% of the workforce, the Unorganised Workers' Social Security Act 2008 is welcome. However, it does not make it mandatory for the government to introduce new welfare schemes. It unfairly divides unorganised workers into those below the poverty line and those above, and is silent on a national minimum wage, improving working conditions and the problems of women workers like unequal pay and sexual harassment at the workplace.
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