Constraints Faced by Functionaries in Watershed Management: A Case Study

Subhas Chand, A. K. Sikka, R. C. Srivastava and Sundarambal


This study was conducted to identify the constraints faced by the watershed functionaries while implementing Integrated Wasteland Development Programme (IWDP), which was implemented by CSWCRTI, Research Centre, Ooty in Annur block (1997-2002), Coimabtore district of Tamil Nadu and Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP), implemented by Water Technology Centre (WTC), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in 15 watersheds during 1995- 1999. Major constraints encountered by watershed functionaries at different levels in DPAP and IWDP watersheds are discussed in this paper. These constraints included difficulties in getting the contribution for different works, insufficient seed money to sustain the SHGs, difficulties in management of CPRs, difference in wage rates, frequent transfer of the staff, insufficient incentive to secretary and volunteers etc. The suggestions offered by the sample households and watershed functionaries were to increase the contribution for individualized activities, fixing the responsibilities to maintain the common works, increasing the project period and increasing the seed money to SHGs to carryout the appropriate income generating activity and frequent visits of PIA after withdrawal of the project

Keyword: Integrated wasteland development

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