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Decentralised Governance, Gender & Affirmative Action in Rural Drinking Water Management

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 44 Issue 2

Published: 2008
Author(s) Name: Chhaya Datar
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Abstract

Based on principles of contribution to the capital cost and full cost recovery from users, Pani Samiti (Village Water & Sanitation Committee-VWSC) is meant to address management inefficiencies through participatory planning and inclusive decision-making. Mandatory 50 percent seats are reserved for women in the Pani Samiti and among them Dalit women too claim 15 percent reservation, corresponding to Dalit men in the rest of the samiti. Women's and other marginalized groups participation is seen as integral part of this process. The present paper assesses whether this process empowers women and what more is needed to make this affirmative action become meaningful for strengthening women's agency as a rightful citizen being able to manage the affairs which concern them the most. Keywords : Pani samiti, Dalit women, strengthening women

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