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Identifying the ‘Poor’ and ‘Backward’

There have been various aspects involved in identifying the “poor” and “backward” in India for the purpose of targeted public policies. This article provides an overview of these aspects, so as to lead to an integrated perspective.

In the public policy discourse in India, “poor” and “backward” are widely used terms. These terms have been used largely with respect to three levels, namely household; group or community; and at a spatial or regional level. However, there have been various aspects involved in identifying the “poor” and “backward” in India for the purpose of targeted public policies. These have particularly come into focus since the past decade or so, in the context of the public policy discourse on “inclusion,” and the reports of various committees and commissions in India relating to poverty, social disadvantaged groups and regional disparities. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of these aspects, so as to lead to an integrated perspective.

Poverty and Backwardness

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Updated On : 9th Oct, 2018

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