One of the salient features of chronic poverty in Odisha is regional disparities. Spatial disadvantages of the KBK region in terms of remoteness, agriculture-based subsistence economy and depleting income from non timber forest products are major factors contributing to chronic poverty. Backwardness of this region is also due to low level of industrial growth and market development, lower health and educational status along with higher population growth and a large section of its population belong to socially marginalized communities such as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. This paper attempts to address the key reasons behind persistence of chronic poverty in the undivided “KBK” districts of Odisha with respect to spatial disadvantages, social identity and policy approach.
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Sanjay Mishra. Regional Disparities in Odisha – A Study of the Undivided “Kbk” Districts. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020; 11(4):261-266. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2020.00042.X
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