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Estimation of District Income and Poverty in Indian States

For the preparation of statewise Human Development Reports (HDR), difficult issues related to income and poverty estimates at the district level first need to be sorted out. While norms for national accounts and macro data systems are set by the Planning Commission, the need for information based on local understanding has gained further urgency with the setting up of District Planning Committees in all states. HDR computing efforts have thrown up many issues of data - both of a conceptual nature and also of availability. This paper looks at these constraints as they were discussed at a workshop and how participants sought to address these in connection with income and poverty estimates.

Towards a Political Economy of the Economic Policy Changes

Towards a Political Economy of the Economic Policy Changes Vinod Vyasulu Sukhpal Singh D Rajasekhar Pooja Kaushik A Indira This paper, by analysing the performance of the commodity producing sectors of the Indian economy and the nature of the crisis facing it, argues that there is only a fiscal crisis of the government of India, and not a crisis of the nation. The authors then situate the recent economic policy changes in a broader context. They argue that the policies are contradictory in nature and are unlikely to result in the desired and anticipated changes in the economy. While the impact of these policies in the long run is not very clear, they are certain to adversely affect the poorer classes, both in rural and urban areas, in the short run. In an unequal society the question of who tightens the belt is crucial.
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