ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poverty, Disparities, or the Development of Underdevelopment in Orissa

The extent and nature of disparities within Orissa, particularly regional, social and gender disparities, needs no emphasis. Drawing on concepts of social exclusion, and on both quantitative and qualitative evidence, this article looks at poverty in its multidimensional nature, ranging from income poverty to human development indicators of health and education, and assesses the social processes responsible for deprivation, including those relating to discrimination, voice and representation.

Monitoring of Poverty in Orissa

A recent workshop on monitoring poverty in Orissa threw up key empirical and methodological issues having implications for poverty monitoring. Poverty being a multidimensional phenomenon, it is necessary to have reliable measures that allow for comparisons across regions and over time. Moreover, strengthening monitoring mechanisms would also work in favour of decentralised planning.
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