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Poverty and Rural Development in Meghalaya (India)

Eugene D. Thomas (Author)
Synopsis The state of Meghalaya in India, though socially progressive, is characterized by the economic backwardness. Women's participation rate in the work force is high in the state as reflected in census data. The state has virtually no industrial base despite being rich in minerals and scenic beauty, the latter being an economic resource vested in the hands of the entire community. Animal husbandry has not been a serious activity here. The people, therefore, are left with little option but to seek employment in agriculture. It goes without saying that agriculture in the hills requires not only different technologies of cultivation, but also different suitable crops. All these factors have led to low land, labour and capital productivities. In addition, the proportion of cultivators and agricultural labourers to the state's total working force is as high as 64 per cent indicating the lopsided occupational structure in the state. This study examines the employment benefits that have accrued to workers employed under the earlier introduced poverty alleviation programmes, the N.R.E.P. and J.R.Y., in the state of Meghalaya, besides looking into the poverty incidence of both beneficiary and non-beneficiary households.
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About the author

Eugene D. Thomas

Eugene D. Thomas did his B.A. with Honours in Economics from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. He completed his post-graduation in Economics and was later awarded the Ph.D. degree, both from the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He has contributed several papers in leading journals and had supervised many research projects. He has also successfully guided a number of Ph.D. scholars. Dr. Thomas has held many academic and administrative posts, both within the University and in other governmental bodies and institutions. He is now a Professor of Economic in the North-Easter Hill University and presently holding the position of Dean of the School of Economics, Management and Information Sciences in the University.

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Title Poverty and Rural Development in Meghalaya (India)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818760655X
length x+198p.Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23 cm.