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Irrigation System in Indian Punjab

Singh, Inderjeet and Bhangoo, Kesar Singh (2013): Irrigation System in Indian Punjab.

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Abstract

Punjab model of irrigation is characterized by excess demand for water for irrigation, coupled with unconstrained mining of groundwater, for meeting the food bowl requirements of the country. It is a model guided by populist political decisions than a sound economics. In the process, the model has provided the much needed food security to the country but has raised serious ecological and environmental concerns. This is a high time to analyze the irrigation system in its historical perspective and prescribe a policy framework for the future. The paper, covering the evolution of the system, evaluates the performance and delineates the policy options for the future.

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