Inter-Sectoral Water Allocation and Conflicts: Perspectives from Rajasthan

Inter-Sectoral Water Allocation and Conflicts: Perspectives from Rajasthan

By Philippe Cullet, Lovleen Bhullar, and Sujith Koonan
Economic & Political Weekly, 22 August 2015

The law and policy frameworks for allocation or reallocation of water to different uses, or within a category of use, remain underdeveloped in India. This paper intends providing a starting point for a conversation on the law and policy dimensions of inter-sectoral water allocation. Focusing on a specific inter-sectoral water allocation conflict in Rajsamand District, Rajasthan, it illustrates gaps in the existing law and policy frameworks and highlights multiple issues that need to be addressed. It argues that the law must go beyond just prioritising water uses and water allocation to understand the issue in a comprehensive manner.


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