Census Mapping Survey for International Geographical Union Commission on Population Geography

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  • Author :Prithvish Nag
  • Year of Publication :1984
  • ISBN: :0000000027
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XXIV, 229
  • Size: 26 cms
  • Categories: Geography, GIS and Remote Sensing

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About the Book :

This book studies the impact of agricultural growth on employment prospects, wage rates, income levels and consumption patters of non-cultivating rural labour households in a green revolution region of India i.e. Punjab and Haryana. It empirically verifies the gains of agricultural growth that have percolated down to agricultural wage labour and other non-cultivating households. The findings are based on a very comprehensive primary survey of 2328 wage labour and other non-cultivating households spread over more than 650 villages representing all the districts of the two states. The study shows that the type of agricultural growth taking place in Punjab and Haryana (accompanied by large scale mechanisation of most farm operations) cannot solve the problem of unemployment prevailing among wage labourers. No doubt, the wages of both attached and casual labourer are generally higher in more developed than in less developed districts. Consequently, the per capita income of wage labour as well as of other non-cultivating households in Punjab is fifteen to sixteen per cent higher than their counterparts in Haryana. Yet even in this heartland of India green revolution, about half the wage labour households are living below the poverty line. The percentage of households below the poverty line is low in agriculturally more developed districts and vice-versa. The author argues that while accelerated agricultural growth even within the existing set-up does help to some extent in alleviating the problem of absolute poverty prevailing among rural wage labourers, yet agricultural development alone cannot solve the problem of unemployment and rural poverty. The book also explodes several other myths including the much talked about nexus between poverty and unemployment. It is likely to prove useful both for researchers and policy-makers interested in India rural scene.

About Author :

Prithvish Nag, (b. 1951), M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), Ph.D., is the Director of the National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has been the President of the Indian National Cartographic Association, Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centre, Institute of Indian Geographers, Indian Institute of Geomorphologists, Professor S.P. Chatterjee Memorial Foundation and Indian Geographical Foundation. At the international level, he was the Chairman of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Commission on Population Cartography, UN/PCGIAP Committee on Institutional Strengthening for Asia and the Pacific, International Steering Committee on Global Mapping (ISCGM), Working Group on Data Standardization, and Full Member of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Commission on Population Geography, and Member, Editorial Board, International Journal on Geographical Information System. Dr. Nag was the Visiting Member of the Staff of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He is an author and editor of over 35 books and 110 research papers. His well known books are Geography of India and Digital Remote Sensing. Dr. Nag was UN Consultant in Cartography in the Sultanate of Oman and the Surveyor General of India.