Economic growth and rural transformation in Eastern India: Strategies for Inclusive Growth

Kumar, R and Deb, U and Bantilan, C and Bhattarai, M (2014) Economic growth and rural transformation in Eastern India: Strategies for Inclusive Growth. In: Pre-conference Symposium on “Transformation in Rural Economy and Employment Opportunities in Eastern India: Implications for Inclusive Growth”, December 17, 2014, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

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There is an emerging consensus that the well-being of rural households improve with the blending of farm activities with non-farm economic activities. The diversification of rural livelihood positively impacts the well-being of the rural households. Eastern states however remained laggard in rural transformation due to myriad of endogenous as well as exogenous factors. With uneven distribution of production assets, poor infrastructure and governance, low levels of literacy, skills, awareness and connectivity and limitations of alternative options for livelihood, the high prevalence of poverty in the region becomes the structural corollary. This paper delves into its multiple dimensions of rural transformation with focus on selected eastern states of India. Considering very small landholding of the farmers and thereby negligible employment elasticity to agricultural growth, creation of non-agricultural opportunities, diversification and transformation of rural economy towards expanding rural non-farm employment are adjunct to the strategies of managing vulnerabilities associated to the region bringing meaningful structural change in the rural socio-economic conditions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural transformation; Eastern India; Infrastructure; Diversification
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 06:57
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2015 07:43
Acknowledgement: The assistance provided by Mr. Umesh Singh Yadav and Ms. Namrata Singharoy, Scientific Officers, ICRISAT in data compilation and analysis are duly acknowledged. We are also thankful to Dr. Surjit Vikraman, Scientist, ICRISAT for his valuable comments and suggestions.
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