Raghav Gaiha & Vani S Kulkarnid: Deprivation amidst opportunity

Affirmative action has suffered due to poor targetting of anti-poverty schemes

Despite glowing accounts of how well the Indian economy has performed in recent years, some disadvantaged groups "" the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) "" remain mired in acute poverty. A recent study (Kijima, Y, 2006 "" "Caste and Tribe Inequality: Evidence from India, 1983-1999", Economic Development and Cultural Change, vol 54) offers some surprising evidence on relative disparity in living standards (or, more precisely, in expenditure per capita) between these disadvantaged groups and Others in rural India, long after the government of India introduced its policy of ...