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Adjustment Programmes for the Poor

October 10, 1981 fessed to the police" has of course been forgot ten. The general crime level in the city and sense of insecurity in the mind of the commuting public has un- IN its fourth World Development Report, the World Bank forecasts little cheer for the world's poorest countries during the 1980s. Going by the yardstick of GDP per person, India belongs to the poorest 36 (i e, countries with GDP per person $ 370 or less). It matters little whether among these 36 it would have ranked a little better if a year other than the abnormal year of 1979-80 had been taken as the base. Even with its agricultural production restored to the pre-1979-80 peak and manufacturing showing a somewhat better performance in 1980, India would still have remained among the poorest 25 (i e, countries with GDP per person of $ 260 or less), though we would then have been closer to China and Pakistan, if that is any consolation.

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