The Legal Framework for Water Users' Associations: A Comparative Study, Volumes 23-360
World Bank Publications, 1997 M01 1 - 100 pages
Recent experience confirms that participation of farmers in managing parts of an irrigation system and collecting water charges usually results in a more efficient use of water. To be effective, farmers in the hydraulic unit would need to organize themselves by establishing a "water users" association. This paper presents a comparative study of the legal framework for these associations in Colombia, India, Mexico, Nepal, the Philippines, and Turkey. Building on the theory that participation of farmers in managing and operating parts of an irrigation system will result in an optimum use of water, the document analyzes in a comparative manner how each of these countries addressed the basic aspects related to the establishment and functioning of such associations. Additional emphasis is placed on the collection of water charges.
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Page 11 - ... in any court of law or equity, touching or concerning the property, right, or claim...
Page 17 - Water rates should be such as to convey the scarcity value of the resource to the users and to foster the motivation for economy in water use.
Page 6 - Efforts should be made to involve farmers progressively in various aspects of management of irrigation systems, particularly in water distribution and collection of water rates. Assistance of voluntary agencies should be enlisted in educating the farmers in efficient water use and water management.
Page 20 - ... (5) When the Registrar registers an amendment of the by-laws of a registered society, he shall issue to the society a copy of the amendment certified by him, which shall be conclusive evidence of the fact that the amendment has been duly registered. (6) In this section, ,,amendment" includes the making of a new by-law and the variation or rescission of a by-law.
Page 5 - STATE. matters with respect to which the State Legislature has power to make laws.
Page 54 - It should be provided that every balance sheet shall contain a summary of the company's share capital and shall give such particulars as will disclose the general nature of the liabilities and assets of the company and how the values of the fixed assets have been arrived at.
Page 45 - Corporation and may do all such acts and things as are not by law or by these By-Laws directed to be exercised and done by the members.
Page 50 - The notice of any special meeting shall state the time and place of such meeting and the purpose thereof. No business shall be transacted at a special meeting except as stated in the notice unless by consent of four-fifths of the owners present, either in person or by proxy.