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|Transforming West Bengal - Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change|
|Thursday, 19 February 2009 06:19|
How has the State of West Bengal evolved over the last few decades? What is the comparative picture of West Bengal
vis-à-vis the other leading states of India? The paper entitled "Transforming West Bengal - Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change", being published as a part of Indicus White Paper Series, explores these and other issues and provides a road map for future. What can be done to once again take West Bengal among the leading states of the country? The paper puts forth a simple yet powerful formula for changing West Bengal.
New Delhi, 19th February, 2009
Professor Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari release a report on the “fall of West Bengal”
50 years of decline: from India’s top ranked state to one that’s now below average
Thursday, February 26, 3:30 PM at The Press Club, New Delhi
West Bengal and Kolkata were at the forefront of the Indian economy and public life at the time of independence. However, during the last 60 years the earlier leadership has been surrendered and today the state, the city and the region itself has fallen behind in the pecking order. What went wrong and how can the trend be reversed?
Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari analyze data since the 1960s to the latest and study how West Bengal has evolved over the last few decades and especially under the Left front government. To do this they use data predominantly from government sources, and mostly from the State government itself. They report how the State has evolved over the last few decades and provide a comparative picture of the State of West Bengal in the paper entitled "Transforming West Bengal - Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change", being published as a part of Indicus White Paper Series.
The paper finds that in almost all areas West Bengal has seen either an absolute or relative, but significant, decline vis-à-vis other comparable states. In health, education, industry, services, poverty, unemployment - wherever one looks, the government's own data clearly shows how West Bengal has performed poorly as compared to other states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and also the country as a whole. What led to this decline - from India's top ranked state, to one which barely makes the average grade? And what can be done to once again take West Bengal among the leading states of the country? The paper puts forth a simple yet powerful formula for changing West Bengal.
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