Groundwater has played a key role in success of Green Revolution in India especially in original Green Revolution states comprising Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh (UP). Data from minor irrigation census 2011 shows that the three states (Punjab, Haryana and UP) account for 55 percent of the tube wells in India.

The paper provides an excellent overview of the global groundwater economy and assesses the opportunities it offers for irrigated agriculture and also the risks it poses for depleting and degrading aquifer systems.

Ground Water Resources Assessment is carried out at periodical intervals jointly by State Ground Water Departments and Central Ground Water Board under the overall supervision of the State Level Committee on Ground Water Assessment. Previous such joint exercises were carried out in 1980, 1995 and 2004 and 2009.

Various steps taken by the state government to check the depleting water table appear to have started bearing fruit.

With limited land resources, inadequate energy supply, and growing water stress, South Asia faces the challenge of providing enough water and energy to grow enough food for the burgeoning population. Using secondary data from diverse sources, this paper explores the food, water, and energy nexus from a regional dimension, emphasizing the role of Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) ecosystem services in sustaining food, water, and energy security downstream.

Goa is one of the foremost states to implement the Goa ground water Regulation Act, 2A02 (Goa Act 1 of 2002). Government has already notified the Ground Water Officers for North and South districts of Goa and also the Ground Water Cell under the chairmanship of Chief Engineer, WRD. Government of Goa has also made rules under the Act.

This note is in response to the article “Major Insights from India’s Minor Irrigation Censuses: 1986-87 to 2006-07” (EPW, 29 June 2013) by Mukherji, Rawat and Shah. The authors claim to offer an understanding of the
evolution of ground water irrigation in India.

Blame it on the deficient rains last year or its overexploitation by farmers, the groundwater level has fallen alarmingly in Sangrur district.

Globally, groundwater use is intensifying to meet demands for irrigation, urban supply, industrialization, and, in some instances, electrical power generation. In response to hydroclimatic variability, surface water is being substituted with groundwater, which must be viewed as a strategic resource for climate adaptation. In this sense, the supply of electricity for pumping is an adaptation policy tool. Additionally, planning for climate-change mitigation must consider CO2 emissions resulting from pumping.

General category would be allotted 15,000 connections (60 per cent), priority categories 7,500 (30 per cent), besides 2,500 (10 per cent) to the miscellaneous category