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

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Uneven Development

This is with reference to the article on “Growth across States in the 2000s: Evidence of Convergence” (EPW, 9 June 2012). The author has given a comparative picture about the growth of state domestic product in special category and non-special category states. Among the latter, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan and West Bengal witnessed high growth during 1995-2000, but subsequently demonstrated slower growth during 2001-10. On the other hand, some of the special category states like Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir displayed lower growth during 2001-10. We would like to know the reasons behind the lower growth rates. Another question relates to sector-wise contribution to the overall growth rates. Such in-depth analysis will help in unravelling the real picture, and accordingly, our planners and the state governments can take appropriate action to attain balanced development.

Shankar Chatterjee
National Institute of Rural Development

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