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Despite efforts by the Indian state to develop and maintain various irrigation strategies, many projects have not achieved the desired results, often due to systemic problems inherent in these initiatives. Meanwhile, the growing scarcity of water in South Asia propels new thinking about remedies. Based on detailed fieldwork, this article, which seems at first completely unrelated to matters of caste discrimination, assesses the sustainability of lift irrigation schemes (LIS) in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

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Asking critical questions about the management of such schemes, it also addresses the impact of new technologies on rural development, arguing that continuing technology-savvy engagement of the state in the irrigation sector is needed.

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Its an Ethnographic study from Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr ESWARAPPA KASI
Indira Gandhi National Tribal University

The paper raises critical questions around management and sustainability of lift irrigation schemes in Andhra Pradesh. It also highlights the impact of new technologies on the livelihoods of marginal groups, arguing that continuing technology-savvy engagement of the state in the irrigation sector is needed.

Dr. Jacob Kalle
Indian Council of Social Science Research, Southern Regional Centre

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This page is a summary of: Lift Irrigation Schemes in Andhra Pradesh, South Asia Research, November 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0262728016663276.
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