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Farmer Management of Public Tubewells in West Bengal

D. S. K. Rao
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 30, No. 39 (Sep. 30, 1995), pp. A117-A122
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4403274
Page Count: 6
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Farmer Management of Public Tubewells in West Bengal
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Abstract

West Bengal has a large number of state-owned tubewells, catering to the needs of the vast number of marginal and fragmented landholdings. However, their poor management resulted in erratic water supplies and eroded farmers' faith in the system. The government, therefore, decided to hand-over all the shallow tubewells constructed under the World Bank scheme to local panchayat samitis. The democratic setup of the panchayati raj system was fully involved in the entire process from the allotment of tubewells to management of them. The study reveals that the overall performance of the tubewells was encouraging with the beneficiaries paying water charges on regular basis. However, delay in energisation and lack of adequate power supply during the peak requirement season led to some underutilisation of tubewells.

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