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Poverty Alleviation Programmes in Seventh Plan: An Appraisal
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 22, No. 4 (Jan. 24, 1987), pp. 139-148
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
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An attempt has been made in this paper to review the main poverty alleviation programmes in the rural sector in the light of the experience in implementing them in the Sixth Plan. The view that emerges is that these programmes suffer primarily from a lack of conceptional clarity and an inadequate understanding of the complex nature of the environment in which they have to be implemented. It is thus the programme design which needs to be reviewed, taking into account the implications of the 'environmental' factors and carefully assessing the 'capacity' of the administrative machinery that is available. Greater clarity about the objectives and goals of each programme, the norms and other criteria for project selection, as well as role specificity of the different levels in the organisational structures involved in executing the programmes-all aspects of more systematic programme planning and design-would go a long way in giving the anti-poverty programmes at least a chance of success.
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