Regional Imbalance: History and Beyond

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Hasanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Regional imbalance in India was created during the colonial period through the metropole-periphery mechanism where the ports were the centres of development while the hinterland was exploited to drain out natural resources and plantation crops.

Abstract: Regional imbalance in India is gigantic and spiralling. Convergence of administrative and developmental boundaries and increasing micro approach to development planning is the primary reason. It is time to look beyond administrative boundaries and restart regional integrated planning.

The Author is Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Burdwan, West Bengal.

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