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Garibi Hatao': Can IRDP Do It?
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 20, No. 6 (Feb. 9, 1985), pp. 238-246
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4374060
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The problem of rural poverty is old and massive. The earlier hope of its mitigation through the percolation of the fruits of general economic growth failed. More land resources could not be made available to the poor. The review of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) attempted here shows that the effort to give cattle and other assets too has yielded little. Subsidy appears to be the centre of attraction of the IRDP. It could not be otherwise, the author argues. Eradication of poverty needs a multipronged strategy. The most important, indeed the central, aspect of it has to be the creation of massive wage employment opportunities in rural areas, both on private and public account. Other programmes will then provide opportunities for the able and the enterprising among the poor. It is time resources, organisation and skill are directed to this end, if poverty is to be tackled in the decade to come.
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