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

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Growth with Social Justice-Sweet Slumber or Big Leap

Growth with Social Justice Sweet Slumber or Big Leap? Bhupat M Desai V S VYAS and Pradeep Bhargava in their paper, 'Public Intervention for Poverty Alleviation: An Overview' (EPW, October 14-21) have done eloquent service by not only commissioning nine state-specific studies on rural poverty but also by preparing a synthesised o verview based on these studies. My comment is on their conclusion that poverty can be alleviated with the intervention of target-group specific poverty alleviation programme "without spectacular economic growth". This conclusion it extended lo its logical extreme suggests that a strategy of poverty alleviation is a better alternative to growth with social justice-oriented policy. While Vyas and Bhargava may not have intended this, the unintended evil may be taken as good.

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