New Delhi, India (PressExposure) March 02, 2009 -- Cry for thee, West Bengal!!
Professor Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari release a report on the "fall of West Bengal"
50 years of decline: from Indiaâs top ranked state to one thatâs now below average
â¢ An analysis based on the stateâs own official data from 1960 onwards
â¢ Uncovers decline in all basic indicators â health, education, industry, services, poverty, unemployment and more
â¢ Diagnoses 5 symptoms and 5 real diseases that have stifled the stateâs growth and development
Release on Thursday, February 26, 3:30 PM at The Press Club, New Delhi
West Bengal and Kolkata were at the forefront of the Indian economy and public life at the time of independence. However, during the last 60 years the earlier leadership has been surrendered and today the state, the city and the region itself has fallen behind in the pecking order. What went wrong and how can the trend be reversed?
Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari analyze data since the 1960s to the latest and study how West Bengal has evolved over the last few decades and especially under the Left front government. To do this they use data predominantly from government sources, and mostly from the State government itself. They report how the State has evolved over the last few decades and provide a comparative picture of the State of West Bengal in the paper entitled "Transforming West Bengal - Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change", being published as a part of Indicus White Paper Series.
The paper finds that in almost all areas West Bengal has seen either an absolute or relative, but significant, decline vis-Ã -vis other comparable states. In health, education, industry, services, poverty, and unemployment - wherever one looks, the governments own data clearly shows how West Bengal has performed poorly as compared to other states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and also the country as a whole. What led to this decline - from India's top ranked state, to one which barely makes the average grade? And what can be done to once again take West Bengal among the leading states of the country? The paper puts forth a simple yet powerful formula for changing West Bengal.
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