Tribal Development in Himachal Pradesh
Fascinating land and peculiar socio-cultural traditions, values and customs of the tribals in Himachal Pradesh have perennially attracted adventurous travellers and anthropologists. They have made available to us a good amount of information about the unique geo-physical setting and the struggling yet simple and colourful life of the people of tribal areas. There has been however, virtually no literature on economics of the region. The present book is aimed at filling this gap. The study focuses on the changing economic scenario of the tribal area and examines as to how far planned efforts has succeeded in its objective of raising its economy to the level of development achieved by the State as a whole. The sub-plan strategy in itself is a positive and very useful innovation for overall development of the tribal areas. Nevertheless, its efficacy has built-in limitation rooted in the usual mechanical process of its formulation and implementation. These limitations become pronounced when the tribal areas have peculiarities for removed from the general tribal perspective. The tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh fall in this typical category and this region demands area specific and need-based approach to economic development. To be precise the pace of economic development could get proper and sustained impetus if policies and programmes are innovative and in tune with the ground realities. The book examines inter-and intra-regional disparities in the level of economic development of the different tribal belts of the Pradesh and suggest ssuitable strategies for each. Besides, it examines the problems of absolute poverty and extent of exploitation in the tribal region.
Dr. H.S. Parmar (b. 1951) M.A., Ph.D. is currently serving as Associate Professor in Economics, Directorate of Correspondence Courses, Himachal Pradesh University. He specialises in tribal studies and rural development. He has been engaged in teaching and research for about two decades.
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