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D R Gadgil on Planning at the District Level

There is now very great need and scope for public sector planning in which district level planning must have a very important place. There is not only need but now a much greater possibility of transferring much larger resources to district level planning. Such plans, as D R Gadgil argued and his Wardha Plan demonstrated, have to be prepared with the help of experts and local level representatives and concerned people. The development needs of the vast rural India require this. Social scientists, activists as well as the Planning Commission and the state governments should now start afresh on this vital task.

Estimation of District Income and Poverty in Indian States

For the preparation of statewise Human Development Reports (HDR), difficult issues related to income and poverty estimates at the district level first need to be sorted out. While norms for national accounts and macro data systems are set by the Planning Commission, the need for information based on local understanding has gained further urgency with the setting up of District Planning Committees in all states. HDR computing efforts have thrown up many issues of data - both of a conceptual nature and also of availability. This paper looks at these constraints as they were discussed at a workshop and how participants sought to address these in connection with income and poverty estimates.

Environment, Food Security and Natural Resources

The Tenth Plan Approach Paper has many interesting and progressive elements, but also many prescriptions that are likely to cause further destruction of the environment, food security, and people's natural resource-based livelihoods. There is no clear and coherent thrust towards integrating these concerns throughout the paper, within all sectors. Even at this late stage, it would be fruitful for the Planning Commission to set up a group of independent persons to consider ways of achieving such integration.

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