Privatisation of Dam and its Impact on the Livelihood of the Tribals in Gujarat


  • Abhishek Pandey Block Programme Manager - MP SRLM



Dams, Livelihood, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Privatisation, Tribals


The current research shows the influence of government intervention on livelihood opportunities in a tribal community in Santrampur Tehsil, Mahisagar District of Gujarat. The major source of income in the Santrampur Tehsil was generated from agriculture and the allied sector. However, in 1979, the government constructed a dam on their agricultural land and provided fishing as a livelihood option. The dam, initially controlled via the cooperative model, was later privatized. To understand the dynamics between these multi-progned interventions, the study uses qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches followed by a participatory rural appraisal. The study reveals the impact of the government’s decision to privatize the dam on the tribal community. It further studies its relevance to livelihood sustainability and community development among the tribes. Moreover, the study will help in policy-making and conducting future research on other tribal communities in different Indian regions to evaluate the efficacy of government interventions.


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Author Biography

Abhishek Pandey, Block Programme Manager - MP SRLM

Mr. Abhishek Pandey has completed Post-graduation in Development Studies and a Masters in Public Policy. He has experience of working with state governments on development schemes in the sector of livelihoods, public health, education, climate sustainability, and gender. He has also worked on implementing behavioural science interventions in resolving developmental issues. He is an aspiring public policy professional who wants to excel in the domain of public policy and contribute to the development of effective policies in India for socio-economic and climate improvements.


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How to Cite

Pandey, A. “Privatisation of Dam and Its Impact on the Livelihood of the Tribals in Gujarat”. International Journal of Management and Development Studies, vol. 12, no. 02, Feb. 2023, pp. 01-15, doi:10.53983/ijmds.v12n02.001.