Committee comes out with a new index of backwardness on 10 indicators

A panel headed by Raghuram Rajan has recommended a new index of backwardness to determine which States need special assistance.
The new methodology ranks Odisha as India’s most backward State, Bihar, which has been seeking ‘special’ status, as the second most backward, and Gujarat as one of the “less developed” States. Goa is the most developed State.

Kohima: At least 70.9 per cent of the population of Nagaland is estimated to be covered under the National Food Security Ordinance 2013.

Deep inside a dream he sees himself, dressed in the same slightly torn lungi that he wears every day, but with his hair flying in the wind at the top of a grand, three-storey mansion.

Unemployment was highest among Sikhs living in cities and towns during 2009-10 while the rate of joblessness showed a downward trend for Muslims in both urban and rural areas, a government survey r

While the Opposition pillories the Planning Commission for using a formal definition of poverty that ensures the percentage of people below the poverty line is lower than what it ought to be, the g

Every eighth person living in urban areas is below the poverty line, while one in five rural residents is poor, the Planning Commission has estimated.

New Delhi: People spending more than Rs 27.2 per day in villages and Rs 33.3 in cities are not poor, according to the latest data released by the government.

State-wise estimates of Average Monthly Per Capita Expenditure for rural and urban areas separately for the year 2011-12.

Peg decline at 7.8 percentage points between 2009-10 and 2011-12

The poverty rate has declined by 7.8 percentage points in two years, according to the latest estimates by the Planning Commission. If 29.8 per cent of the population was poor in 2009-10, the figure came down to 22 per cent in 2011-12. The estimates are based on the recently-released report by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) for 2011-12.

Whichever way one looks at the key indicators of employment and unemployment released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) recently, there is nothing much to crow about in inferences that ca