ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tribal Development in a West Bengal District - Programmes, Structure, and Process

Programmes, Structure, and Process Dipankar Gupta The Integrated Tribal Development Programme was formally launched in 1974 with the Fifth Five Year Plan, This paper, based on the findings of a field study, enquires into the functioning of the ITDP in Birbhum District in West Bengal The author discusses the incongruities in the ITDP administrative structure, the lack of control over resources, the complete absence of popular initiative, the non-involvement of popular bodies, and the complete failure of its monitoring system. The findings of the study also underscore the fact that developmental programmes which skirt around political issues have limited potentialities.

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