About the Book :
Gujarat state is one of the developed states in India with its fourth rank in per capita income among the major states. The economy of the state has done particularly well in the 1990s by taking good advantage of the new opportunities created by the economic reforms. The enterprising population, with the support of the state government, has accessed new opportunities to raise the rate of growth to one of the highest in the country. However, these achievements are also accompanied by several weak points such as, almost stagnant agricultural growth, massive degradation and depletion of natural resources, heavy pollution in several industrial and urban centres, relatively low achievements in human development and wide regional disparities. One can say that the case of Gujarat is a typical case of a developing economy struggling to grow fast in the liberalized era at the cost of losing control of its environment and human development. The present book examines the different dimensions of the dynamics of development of Gujarat in order to understand the processes and to infer policy interventions for a healthy and sustainable development. A major conclusion of the book is that the economic growth of the state may not sustain for long if it is not backed by environmental sustainability, employment intensity, reduction in regional disparities, adequate infrastructural support and adminstrative efficiency.
About Author :
Indira Hirway, is currently the Director of the Centre For Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad. Earlier she was at Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute, Ahmedabad. She has done extensive research work in the areas of poverty and employment, labour market structures, environment and development, environment accounting, gender and development etc. She has been associated with several national and international committees and expert groups in these areas. She has a number of books and research articles published in Indian and foreign journals to her credit.
S.P. Kashyap, is currently the Director of Sardar Patel Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ahmedabad. During his long academic career, he has contributed extensively in the areas of agriculture and rural development, spatial and scalar dimension of industrial development in India, regional analysis and planning. He has participated in several collaborative research studies conducted by global organizations, and is a member of editorial committees of several journals and of research advisory committees of several academic bodies. He has written a number of books and published many research papers in Indian and foreign journals.
Amita Shah, an economist, has wide ranging experience of conducting research on various aspects of rural economy, such as, natural resource development with special focus on dry land agriculture and forestry, environmental impact assessment, gender and environment, agriculture-industry interface, small scale and rural industries, diffusion of technologies, and employment-livelihood issues. She has been associated with various donor agencies and has undertaken collaborative research both within and outside India. She has published about 40 research papers in professional journals and books.