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Declining Incidence of Rural Poverty in Kerala

K P Kannan In Kerala, the incidence of rural poverty has declined in the 1980s in spite of the slow rate of growth of the economy. The explanation for this is that various state intervention programmes, especially the public distribution system, have had a positive impact on poverty. The experience of Kerala shows that, with or without growth, it is possible to alleviate poverty through well designed and implemented programmes, and that social protection for the most vulnerable groups should be a necessary component of development policy.

Levelling Up or Levelling Down-Labour Institutions and Economic Development in India

This article attempts to formulate and examine two hypotheses: (i) the presence of modern labour institutions as trade unions and protective legislation is not incompatible with the objectives of economic growth and efficiency, and (ii) the presence of such traditional labour institutions as casteand gender-based segmentation of the labour markets is supportive of neither growth nor distribution and constitutes itself as a formidable constraint in the process of economic development. On the basis of empirical evidence implications for labour policy are discussed.

PANCHAYAT RAJ ACT-Local Self-Government and Decentralised Development

Local Self-Government and Decentralised Development K P Kannan The framework for local bodies as laid down in the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution and the follow-up action required at the state level for the local bodies to come into existence within the stipulated one year and start functioning as effective units of self government as well as for local level planning and development were the focus of a recent seminar at the Centre for Development Studies. Thiruvananthanuram.

Kerala Economy at the Crossroads

K P Kannan Implicit in the development experience of Kerala is the question of the capability of low income agrarian societies to achieve high quality of living levels. This issue is crucial for two reasons. One is related to the sustainability of the kind of social development achieved and the other is the imperative of a more all-round pattern of development.

Dissecting Agricultural Stagnation in Kerala-An Analysis across Crops, Seasons and Regions

An Analysis across Crops, Seasons and Regions K P Kannan K Pushpangadan The authors' analysis indicates that the yield stagnation in agriculture in Kerala is all-pervasive, including in paddy. The observed increase in yield of paddy is not due to any technical change, but to marginal land going out of cultivation. There is thus technological stagnation throughout Kerala's agriculture since the mid-seventies. Farmers have, moreover, resorted to increased mixed cropping to minimise earnings fluctuation from a given acreage.

Secularism and People s Science Movement in India

The idea of a People's Science Movement evolved as a result of the tremendous response of the common people to the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad and today the idea of conscious application of science in social activism is taking roots.

Agricultural Stagnation and Irrigation in Kerala

B D DHAWAN (1988) commenting on our paper Agricultural Stagnation in Kerala: An Exploratory Analysis' [Kannan and Pushpangadan 1988] has questioned us on two counts. One relates to our empirical finding of no evidence of any beneficial impact of irrigation on land productivity and the other relates to our adverse remarks on major irrigation projects both on the basis of cost comparisons with minor irrigation projects as well as their non-performance.

Agricultural Stagnation in Kerala-An Exploratory Analysis

An Exploratory Analysis K P Kannan K Pushpangadan This paper attempts to explain the agricultural stagnation that set in Kerala since the mid-seventies. The phenomenon is attributed to ill-conceived development of critical factors such as water management and land development which has been exacerbated by increasing environmental degradation.

Environment and Development in India

Environment and Development in India The State of India's Environment 1982: A Citizen's Report, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, 1982: Rs. 125.

Towards a People s Science Movement

Towards a People's Science Movement Anwar Jaffry Mahesh Rangarajan B Ekbal K P Kannan A LARGE number of groups are working, mostly on a voluntary basis, in areas which may be said to fall on the interface of science and society. Some are attempting to popularise the natural sciences; some are engaged in focusing attention on the unscientific attitudes and policies towards such basic issues as health; some are engaged in highlighting the adverse impact of development activities as a result of inadequate and often wrong application of science and technology, particularly in the field of environment; a few are engaged in demonstrating innovative and interesting ways of teaching science, while quite a number are' engaged in' development activities in the areas of health, nonformal education, appropriate technology, housing, etc, bused on their scientific knowledge. Apart from such specific activities, attempts are also under way, as in Kerala, to develop a People's Science Movement (PSM for short) fusing the numerous activities listed above with the help of the spoken and the printed word as well as the various art forms of the people. The. underlying motive for such a PSM has arisen from the need to enhance the people's capability to understand and analyse social issues in a scientific framework, It is the use of science, in one way or the other, in the activities of these various groups which -has created a common thread bringing them together under the banner of PSM.

FORESTRY-Forests for Industry s Profit

After working long , hours in such appalling conditions, the workers have to go 'home' to mud huts, without water, electricity or sewage. Drinking water is a pressing problem. In the official data, there are six filtering plants for the residential colonies of Jhagra- khand area; but some of these plants are reportedly shut down. Water is most scarce in as many as six collieries

Social Cost-Benefit Analysis-A Case Study

A Case Study K P Kannan This paper presents an economic evaluation of a land development project in a water-logged area in central Kerala


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