About the Book :
This volume which carries thoroughly researched papers on the problems and prospects of promoting development of a backward region in Karnataka provides valuable insights into the paradox of backward regions remaining so despite states conscious efforts at initiating the development process. The incisive analysis of the field data relating to various dimensions of the regional economy, and its sectors highlights the constraints that are operating in the region and the opportunities obtaining there for promoting development. On the basis of such an analysis, the papers attempt to suggest policy measures for releasing these constraints and exploiting the opportunities. Though the focus of the volume is on a backward region of a state in South India, the theoretical and analytical framework, and the methodologies employed by the paper writers will be of great interest to students and teachers of regional economics. The recommendations presented will be of immense help to policy makers engaged in planning for development of the chronically backward regions in India and elsewhere.
About Author :
Abdul Aziz is Professor of Economics in the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore and currently directing a project on Decentralised Governance and Planning. Besides guiding doctoral students and directing research projects, he has organised many training programmes, and national and international workshops in the area of Decentralisation, Poverty Alleviation and Regional Development. He has published a number of research papers and books in the above areas of his specialization.
Apart from associating himself with the academic bodies of the Universities, Prof. Aziz has served as a member of expert committees of the Government of Karnataka such as the State Finance Commission and the Committee on the fixation of fees in the technical education institutions. He has widely travelled in the East and the West delivering lectures and presenting seminars.
Sudhir Krishna is currently Divisional Commissioner, Gulbarga Division (Karnataka). Earlier, he served as Assistant Commissioner of Chikamangalur, Director of Sugar, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshin Kannada District and Chief Secretary of Dharwad Zilla Parishad, In between, he served as Deputy Director/ Deputy Secretary to the Government of Uttar Pradesh in its Institutional Finance Department. He did his Master of Science in Physics from Banaras Hindu University in 1974. Late, he did a Master Degree Programme in Public. Management in the John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (USA). For about four years (1990-93) he worked in the LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie as member of the Faculty of Public Administration and Social Management. During this stay, he took interest in Decentralised Administration, Panchayati Raj and Programme Evaluation. He has published some articles on the same issues.