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Poverty and Inequality in Rural Assam An Indicative Study of Seven Villages in Udalguri Subdivision, Assam (India)

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  • SK Mishra

    (Department of Economics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong India)

  • Prasen Daimari

    (Department of Economics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong India)

This study is based on primary data collected from randomly chosen 182 households inhabiting seven sample villages in the Udalguri subdivision, Assam (india). It indicates that at least 35.85 percent of the population (and 33.52 percent of households) in the sample villages is below poverty line (at Rs. 400 per capita per month). On the other hand, no more than 39.5 percent of the people (and 37.36 percent households) is likely to stand under the poverty line (at Rs. 425 per capita per month). The observed values of Gini index in the sample villages are considerably high. In the first five villages the Gini index is 41.84 while in the last two villages it is 48.69. Overall the value of Gini index in the sample villages is 44.31. The prime reasons of poverty are excessive dependence on primary sector, disguised unemployment, poor development of marketing facilities, connectivity and power supply, poor agricultural productivity, absence of any significant manufacturing activities, etc resulting into an hourglass shaped occupational distribution.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 18 Apr 2005
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:0504007
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  1. Mitra, MK & Roy, DC & Mishra, SK, 1986. "Rural indebtedness : concept, correlates and consequences: a study of four tribal villages in the North Lakhimpur subdivision, Assam," MPRA Paper 1824, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Mishra, SK, 2003. "Issues and problems in human resource development in the NER (India)," MPRA Paper 1828, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Mishra, SK, 1999. "Rural development in the North-Eastern Region of India: Constraints and prospects," MPRA Paper 1833, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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