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of regional disparities. Resource allocation under the market impulses has aggravated concentration of private wealth and income as well as regional imbalances. By and large, resource allocation in the public sector has reinforced the factors increasing inter-personal and interstate inequalities. Even the fiscal transfers from the Centre have aggravated inter-State disparities. The instruments of regulation, control and incentives have been too weak to overcome the forces of inequality. The strategies of industrial and agricultural development have largely benefited the rich in the urban and rural sectors. Regional and local planning lacked conceptual clarity apart from organisational and technical strength, The overall result is an aggravation of the problem of regional imbalances.


1 Grace Majumdar, "Trends in Inter-State Inequalities in Per Capita Income Expenditure" (Mimeo), paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Regional Disparities in 1980.

2 Central Statistical Organisation, "Intra- and Inter- Regional Differentials in the Manufacturing Sector 1975-76" (mimeo), 1981.

3 Ibid.

4 Moonis Raza, "Levels of Regional Development", Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Mimeo), 1979.

5 G S Bhalla, and Y K Alagh, Performance of Agriculture, Sterling. 1979.

6 Shreekant Sambrani, "Mythology of Area Planning", Economic and Political Weekly (Review of Agriculture), December 23-30, 1979, pp A-135-A-139.

*Professor, Dept of Regional Planning and Economic Growth, Bhopal University, Bhopal

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