Poverty in Remote Rural Areas in India: A Review of Evidence and Issues, CPRC-IIPA Working Paper No. 21


This paper attempts to look into dynamics of poverty, especially chronic poverty through reviewing the literature on a wide range of themes pertaining to poverty in remote rural areas in India. A plethora of evaluation studies focus on the impact of various developmental schemes and interventions in some of the poorer states. What is missing in most of these studies is a specific focus on poverty, especially chronic poverty, across typologies of backward areas or remote rural areas. To a large extent, this could be attributed to the fact that estimates of income poverty are not available for remote rural areas having spatial poverty traps. Hence, what is attempted here is a review of a selective set of studies dealing with (a) extent of income poverty and human capabilities in the lagging regions and (b) explantaion of income poverty and its interface with human capabilities.


Shah, A.; Guru, B. Poverty in Remote Rural Areas in India: A Review of Evidence and Issues. CPRC-IIPA Working Paper No. 21. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK (2005) 58 pp.

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