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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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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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