Livelihood and Sustainable Development in North East India

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About the Book :

This book is an edited volume of twenty eight articles in interdisciplinary nature presented in the National Seminar organised by Department of Economics, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, sponsored by the University Grants Commission, North Eastern Regional Office, Guwahati, Assam.
The North East Region (NER) is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. The forest cover ownership varies with average 65 per cent is government owned, the village communities, individuals and chiefs own the rest. The economy of the region has got its definite identity due to its peculiar physical, economic and socio-cultural characteristics. The persistence of poverty in North East States of India is in stark contrast to its relatively high achievement in the social sectors as compared to the national average. However, this could be explained by considering that the region remained marginalized from the development activities that characterized mainstream India. Poor connectivity with large markets and inhospitable geographical terrain add to the grievances of economic backwardness of this Himalayan region. The North East India is known for practices related to traditional medicines. These practices have a strong base in the socio-religious healing systems native to these states. The rich variety of plants and animals also help to sustain the system of traditional medicines. This book has been divided into four sections discussing mainly livelihood strategies in context of sustainable development, tourism, women empowerment, Entrepreneurship and potentialities of Trade.


About Author :

Ram Krishna Mandal, the author of Developmental Process in North-East India with Special Reference to Arunachal Pradesh was born in a remote village of West Bengal. Dr. Mandal completed his graduation with honours in Economics from Balurghat College, Balurghat (West Bengal) and did his M.A. in Economics with Distiction, M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics, BLIS and B.Ed. from the North Bengal University, Darjeeling (West Bengal). Dr. Mandal has to his credit 55 published research papers in National and International Journals on different issues of national as well as regional importance. By virtue of his merit and perservance, Dr. Mandal has so far produced eight books : (i) Micro-economic Theory (Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi), (ii) Socio-economic Transformation of Arunachal Pradesh (Omsons Publishers, New Delhi), (iii) Money, Income and Rational Expectations in Indian Economy (Mittal Publications, New Delhi), (iv) Macro-economic Theory (Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi, jointly written), (v) Value Added Tax in North-East India. (Mittal Publications, New Delhi, edited), (vi) Women in North-East India (Mittal Publications, New Delhi, jointly written), (vii) Entrepreneurship and Rural Development in North-East India (DVS Publishers, Guwahati, edited) and (viii) Industry, Trade and Economic Development in North-East India (Mittal Publications, New Delhi, jointly edited). He has three UGC sponsored research projects in his credit. He is also a Post-Doctoral Research Awardee UGC Fellow. Presently, he has been rendering his service as an Associate Professor in Economics in Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

Ahongshangbam Ibotombi Singh, Associate Professor of Economics, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India was conferred the Outstanding College Teachers' Award 2012 by His Excellency, General J.J. Singh (Retd.), Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar. He has authored seven books and eleven articles published in National and International journals. Presently, he has been rendering his service in Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

Paritosh Chandra Dutta, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Statistics, has authored five books, 60 research papers published in National and International journals and presented more than 25 research papers in National and International Conferences. He has so far completed UGC sponsored three Minor Research Projects. At present, he has been rendering his service as Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics, Srikishan Sarda College, Hailakandi, Assam, India.