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

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Health and Economic Impact of Unsafe Drinking Water

The article is based on a study of the problem of contaminated water supply in Ludhiana. It finds that the incidence of water-related diseases and their economic impact on households is reasonably high. The quality of water was identified as a major problem in all the selected localities of the city. Leaking pipes, water storage and the slow movement of water during transmission and distribution contribute to health problems, especially for the poor.

Farmers' Suicides in Punjab: A Census Survey of the Two Most Affected Districts

This is a report on the first-ever census survey conducted on suicides by farmers in the two most affected districts of Punjab, Sangrur and Bhatinda. It tries to arrive at the number of farmer suicides, the reasons (whether they were caused by economic distress alone or they were due to the interplay of the forces of economic distress, social conflict, cultural backwardness and lack of community/state support) and also the present economic status of the families of the victims.

Integrated Land and Water Use

The efficient use and management of land and water, along with their conservation, are extremely important for the sustainable growth of any economy. This paper addresses the issue of overexploitation of these natural resources in the Indian Punjab in the quest for higher productivity and income, in total disregard to their sustainability. The paper also spells out the policy agenda, aimed at an integrated system for the use of land and water to ensure the sustainable development of the agricultural sector.

Patterns and Determinants of Agricultural Growth in the Two Punjabs

India and Pakistan are moving towards an era of mutual understanding and economic cooperation. East Punjab in India and west Punjab in Pakistan form the core regions of agriculture in these countries. Though both these Punjabs inherited, by and large, the same kind of resource endowments, the growth performance and its associated problems differed over time due to different set of policies followed in two countries/states. This paper reviews the growth performance in both Punjabs and tries to bring out its determinants. It also tries to delineate the areas of economic cooperation between the two Punjabs to accelerate the pace of economic growth by mutually benefiting from each other's experience.

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