Special Category States of India: Issues, Concerns, and Challenges

Hardcover | April 10, 2016

byGovind Bhattacharjee

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Eleven economically backward hill states of India sharing international boundaries comprise the group of "Special Category States". These states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand. Lackingseverely in economic resources and being geographically isolated from the rest of the country, they suffer from various drawbacks. Economic growth of many of them have also been stymied by prolonged phases of violent militancy. To address their problems, they have been awarded the "Special Category" status by the Centre, an extra-Constitutional arrangement that gives them access to liberal Central plan assistance. Objective assessment of the impact of such assistance has never been made in the public domain. Under theexisting arrangements of which the accountability structure is very weak, these states will permanently remain "special category states", irrespective of their fiscal, financial and socio-economic performance. Now that fresh demands are being raised by some states for this status, these issues areassuming increasing importance. In this book, Bhattacharjee explores the reality of the special category states, going down to the roots of their backwardness and examining these in the context of asymmetric federalism. He evaluates their socio-economic progress as well as public financial management ever since the status wasfirst awarded in 1969 by analysing stupendous amounts of data that he has meticulously collected and presented in this book.

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Eleven economically backward hill states of India sharing international boundaries comprise the group of "Special Category States". These states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand. Lackingseverely in economic resources and being geogr...

Govind Bhattacharjee is Director General, Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, New Delhi.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:April 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199460833

ISBN - 13:9780199460830

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of TablesList of Maps1. Introduction to the Special Category States2. Special Category States in the Framework of Asymmetrical Federalism in India3. Assam, Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir : The First Special Category States4. Institutional Framework and Policies for Special Category States5. Other North Eastern States: Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh6. Sikkim7. Himachal Pradesh8. Uttarakhand9. Evaluation of Current Socio-Economic and Developmental Parameters of Special Category States10. Public Finances of Special Category States11. Summary, Discussions and a RoadmapEndnotesBibliographyAbout the Author