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

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Poverty in India and the IRDP Delusion

This paper presents some fresh evidence on the performance of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) and, in the light of this evidence and of the findings of earlier studies, provides an assessment of the functioning of IRDP. The author's concern is not primarily with the nitty-gritty of the implementation of the programme, but with what are the central questions about IRDP: does this programme reach the poor and to what extent does it enhance their living conditions? The last section of the paper briefly discusses alternative avenues of action.

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