This was the view expressed by Prof Amitabh Kundu of the Jawaharlal Nehru University while delivering a lecture on Problems of Regional Inequalities in the era of Globalization in India organized by the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies on Wednesday.
Prof Kundu said that the pace of urbanization in Bihar is much slower than elsewhere in the country. While the national average of urbanization is 27.8 per cent annually that of Bihar is just 10.5 per cent.
He said the population of rural area of Bihar is decreasing at the rate of two per cent every year.
Kundu said that the gap between urban and rural India is on rise. The
disparity in urban India itself is also increasing. He said that the
condition of the urban poor is even worse than the rural poor.
Prof Kundu, who teaches Economics, said that India was facing exclusionary growth where entry of poor migrants was being protested and prevented at many places.
He agreed with the Suresh Tendulkar Committee report on poverty and said the new estimates would help states like Bihar to have a larger resources allocation for the population living below poverty line.Prof D M Diwakar presided over the function while Prof Nil Ratan proposed vote of thanks. Read More