Balanced Regional Development has remained central to our planning process. Over the years, there have been various interventions for improving the quality of life and services in the backward states. Road connectivity, right to education and its universal access, health care and nutrition and dispersal of industries have been some of the important initiatives. While there has been an increase in growth and improvement in quality of life across the States, inequality in access to services and growth has persisted.

This paper by Centad looks at the initiatives and their outcome through the construction of an Improvement Index and suggests a relook. We hope that this paper will help improving our understanding of the issues involved in balanced growth and the interventions that may be necessary.

S Jagadeesan
Chairman, Centad

Click here to Download