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Prabhat Khabar releases Jharkhand Development Report 2012

The annual compilation reveals Jharkhand’s status vis-à-vis other fast developing states on socio-economic parameters

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | September 25, 2012

Prabhat Khabar has released its annual Jharkhand Development Report -2012 (JDR-12), which is its Seventh year-on-year annual issue. Jharkhand Development Report series is an annual compilation that reveals Jharkhand’s status vis-à-vis other fast developing states on socio-economic parameters. It also apprises the state as to how did it do individually with the industrially developed states on one hand; and agriculturally advanced states on the other.

The Inauguration event  organized in Governor house, Ranchi (Jharkhand) with presence of Governor Dr. Syed Ahmed,  Chief Minister Arjun Munda, and state MP’s , MLA alongwith top Govt. officials.

The daily has been assigning this annual study since last seventh  years to a team led by the eminent economist and market researcher Dr. Laveesh Bhandari of Indicus Analytics, New Delhi. JDR series closely monitors the development of Jharkhand and in many ways sets the agenda of governance in the state. The JDR-12 is available for public through its publishing company, Neutral Publishing House Limited, Ranchi. The soft bound pulp version is priced at Rs. 150/- while the soft copy of the same is also available at Rs. 100/- a CD.

The report gives a detailed description of Jharkhand state as it emerges from official statistics. It tells us about the state of education and health of the people, how the government spends its money, what proportion of its people get electricity, how many of them carry telephones, and so on alongwith  other study like  welfare, urbanization, poverty, human development indexes, crime, infrastructure, market capitalization, employment, industrialization, per capita income and expenditure etc. It also compares the same with other developing states of India.

The study is divided into nine sections each dealing with various issues related to development. The 1st section of the study takes up perspectives of Jharkhand. 2nd Section of the study explores the quality of governance, 3rd Section of the study lays out the profile of each district of Jharkhand in detail , the 4th section is an addition this year which lays out in detail the performance of Jharkhand in establishing capacities in higher and technical education, 5th section provides a comparative picture of the parliamentary constituencies in the state in terms of various socio-economic and infrastructure based parameters, the 6th section explores the potential cities of the state whereas state in the eastern zone are ranked in terms of socio-economic variables in the seventh section. A special assessment of the Naxal affected districts is carried out in section 8th. The future economic growth prospects of Jharkhand are discussed in the last section.

That said even in this gloomy scenario the state has done reasonably well, according to the latest JDR-12 - the economy growth in the last seven years has averaged 5.3%per annum and per capita income has increased from Rs. 18,510 in 2004-05 to Rs. 31,982 in 2011-12.  But for its political upheavals, the state could have done much better than most shining Indian states.

 The JDR-11 besides having easy to gasp and digest statistical tables on various socio-economic parameters, this 172 page book also has worthy contributions from eminent authors like Dr. Ashok Desai, the Consulting Editor of The Telegraph and a columnist with Businessworld and Dr. Sumita Kale, the Chief Economist with Indicus Analytics. Dr. Abhijit Sarkar Sr. Economist and vice president , R&D  and  Bibek Debroy , Indian Economist, currently being a professor at Centre for Policy Research and International Management  Institute, New Delhi.

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