Optimizing groundwater usage through DBT in electricity: Lessons from Punjab-Part I
This note discusses how free power to the agriculture sector has led to the overexploitation of groundwater in India. It highlights the case of Punjab, where the government launched Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao (Save water, earn money), an innovative pilot program for Direct Benefit Transfer in Electricity (DBTE), to address the rapidly declining water tables in the state.
This video shows how energy, water, and agriculture in India are interlinked. It explains how policies of one sector have far-reaching implications on others. It also emphasizes on the need for policy interventions that have a cross-sectoral, coherent and integrated approach.