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Poverty by Price Indices

This paper examines in detail the premises used in the basic methodology of the Planning Commission to define poverty lines in India. The logistics of the use of available data are examined with a view to making estimation of poverty transparent, while using data at a disaggregate level. The paper sets out a method of estimating poverty on the basis of price indices that takes care of issues of transparency, individuality of states and the link between consumption levels and prices of basic commodities. Such a structure can lead to a better understanding of the poverty scenario in each state. It also highlights the paradox of rising real income and declining nutritional intake in many states.

Grape Cultivation for Export

The industrialisation of grape cultivation precipitated by the export initiative of farmers in the Narayangao area in Junnar taluka in Maharashtra is examined as an example of the effects of liberalisation in the agricultural sector. This study gives an insight into how the rural labour market can take advantage of the availability of organised high-wage work, resulting in poverty alleviation.

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