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Handbook of Poverty in India: Perspectives, Policies, and Programmes

R. Radhakrishna (Editor) Shovan Ray (Editor)
Synopsis The poverty situation is markedly different from what prevailed three decades back. Poverty is not only an economic phenomenon but also a social phenomenon. From the 1990s, with the analyses of the causes underlying poverty and the discussions on the efficacy of alternative remedial measures receiving greater attention from policymakers such as raising livelihood opportunities through the endowment of land and non-land assets, by generating employment opportunities, and through public intervention for large-scale food-for-work programme the position changed. The present book represents a culmination of these intellectual efforts and policy concerns in the country that evolved over this period. Thus, the volume provides an account of the incidence, trends, and determinants of poverty in India and reviews the situation in the context of deprivations, empowerment, role of poor in governance, its geographical concentration, major policies and programme implementation, and the legislative and other initiatives taken by the government.
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About the authors

R. Radhakrishna

R. Radhakrishna is Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai since March 2001. From April 1998 to March 2001, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University. After his doctorate from Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune, Prof. Radhakrishna had about three decades of career in research, teaching and administration of academic institutions. He was the Member Secretary, ICSSR and was the Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. He was the recipient of VKRV Rao Price in social Science Research for his significant contribution in the field of Economics. He was President of the Agricultural Marketing Society and of the Indian society of Labour Economics for the Year 2001. He was a consultant to international organisations like ABD, FAO, The world Bank and UNDP and UNESCO. He was a member of several Government Committees including the Expert Group on Estimation of Proportion and Number of Poor (Lakdawala Committee), Planning Commission, Government of India (1989-93) and High Power Committee for Long term Grain Policy (Abhijit Sen Committee), Government of India, 2000-02.

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Shovan Ray

Shovan Ray is on the Faclty of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Handbook of Poverty in India: Perspectives, Policies, and Programmes
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195675134
length xxv+185p., Tables; Figures; References; Index; 25cm.