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Economic Reforms and Poverty Alleviation in India

Virendra Singh (Author) B.S. Yadav (Author) Nandini Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The poverty in India is a problem with some grave dimensions. India inherited a dismal economy from the British rulers at the time of independence in 1947. Alleviation of poverty has remained a major challenge before the nation even after 59 years of independence as poverty still persists in our country in its absolute and relative dimensions. Apart from low level of per-capita income, factors affecting physical quality of life index are also reflective of poverty in India. The Govt. has given special attention and great impetus for the removal of poverty and unemployment in the post-independence economic planning policies. Several programmes and schemes were launched by the Central and State Governments from time to time to ameliorate the sufferings of the people, particularly rural people. In the wake of economic reforms, while the economy has performed well in terms of growth rate of GDP, its performance in the form of human development indices has been not satisfactory. The current evidence available about population living below poverty line indicates the stark reality that the economic reform process did not help to reduce poverty. Social sectors like health and family welfare, education and training, employment and labour force, social security and empowerment of women and rural infrastructure have lagged behind in the race for better standard of living. This book explains the nature, incidence and extent of poverty and human poverty in the post-economic reforms period in India. The book also explains and examines various schemes and programmes of the Government of India to improve the living conditions of the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of Indian Society and comments on their implementation.
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About the authors

Virendra Singh

Dr. Virendra singh, a renowed seabuckthron scientist, is well-known for his valuable contribution in the development of science of seabuckthorn in India. He has been working on seabuckthorn since 1993 and has traveled widely in remote Indian Himalayas and worked on various aspects like genetic diversity & improvement, introduction of exotic forms, propagation, cultivation and management of seabuckthorn. He is also instrumental in initiating the research on clinical and experimental studies and processing of various health products in his university and other institutions. Presently, he is involved in a number of multi-institutional research projects on seabuckthorn and has developed collaboration with other countries. He has contributed several papers on seabuckthorn in reputed international and national journals. He has also edited three books on seabuckthorn in association with several international experts. Dr. Virendra Singh has been elected Coordinator (South Asia) of International Centre for Research & Training on Seabuckthron, Beijing. He was also assigned the responsibility with three other experts, for writing the Constitution of International Seabuckthorn Association, of which, he was appointed founding member of Board of Directors. In order to enhance international collaboration and sensitize the Indian scientists, policy-makers and private companies, Dr. Singh, along with his team, organized the 6th International Workshop on Seabuckthorn in February 2001, at New Delhi. Dr. Singh has been elected Secretary of the Indian Seabuckthorn Association.

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B.S. Yadav

Dr. B.S. Yadav is presenlty working as a Reader and Head, P.G. Deptt., of Economics D.N. College, Gulaothi (Bulandshahr). He obtained his M.A. in Economics (1973) with first division from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He got his M.Phil degree in 1978 with first division from the Panjabi University, Patiala. He did his Ph.D., in Economcis (1989) from the Agra University, Agra. Dr. Yadav has to his credit a number of articles and research papers published in variuos leading Economic Journals. Forty eights students have also complected their Dissertations in M.A. (Eco.), under his supervision till now. Dr. Yadar has already authored and co-author several books on Economics.

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Bibliographic information

Title Economic Reforms and Poverty Alleviation in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183292139
length viii+214p., Tables.