March 17, 2011

Telangana economy, better than many States: Srikrishna report

Inequalities within Telangana

The rate of growth in the overall development parameters shows that it is robust in Telangana (even after excluding Hyderabad) and coastal Andhra. However, the Committee noted that it is disturbing that there are growing levels of inequality within Telangana and Rayalaseema and also within the deprived population. In contrast, the inequality in income has declined in coastal Andhra.

The Committee has found that in spite of over 50 years of policy-protected planning and execution, there are regional variations in economic development in Andhra Pradesh. It mentions that there is a necessity to take note of inequity between the haves and the have-nots in Telangana. This not only can sustain the separatist agitation but can carry it further and increase intensity. The masses, therefore, could be used as tools of agitation by motivated groups and even political parties.

The economic inequality within the region is an important indicator of the unrest within communities. While the farmers in all regions have shown stable income, the real income of agricultural labourers has declined considerably in Telangana and increased considerably in coastal Andhra.


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