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BRGF and intra-district backwardness:towards a programmable index

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  • Baruah, Joydeep

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Launched by the then Prime Minister in February 2006, the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) programme primarily intends to “redress the regional imbalance” in the country. The programme guidelines categorically mandates that each identified BRGF district should prepare a “diagnostic study” of its backwardness specifying the relatively backward pockets within the district based on which the district plan would be prepared. This paper tries to look at the approach of the programme along with a few operational issues in some detail. An attempt has been made to develop a conceptual framework for addressing the two foundational issues – identification of regions and measurement of level of development therein through a programmable index along with a possible prioritisation scheme that would help district level planning.

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  • Baruah, Joydeep, 2009. "BRGF and intra-district backwardness:towards a programmable index," MPRA Paper 40164, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:40164
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    1. H. Myint, 1954. "An Interpretation Of Economic Back Wardness," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 6(2), pages 132-163.
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    1. Dinda, Soumyananda & Ghosh, Dibyendu, 2015. "A Search for Backward Blocks in Burdwan District, West Bengal: An Application of Composite Development Index," MPRA Paper 67158, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Oct 2015.

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    Keywords

    Backwardness; Regional Disparity; Area Development Programme; India;

    JEL classification:

    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy

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