Employment Guarantee and Natural Vulnerability: A Study of MGNREGA in Indian Sundarbans

  • Prasenjit Sarkhel


There is now a general consensus in the literature that the post reform period in India is characterized by higher GDP growth rate compared to the Hindu rate of growth in the pre-1991 period (Panagariya 2011; Dutta et al. 2012; Datt and Ravallion 2010; Kotwal et al. 2011). There are also compelling evidences that high GDP growth rate of the order of 6–8 % on an average has resulted in decline of poverty (Bhalla 2011; Datt and Ravallion 2010) both in the rural and urban areas.


Gross Domestic Product Farm Household Gross Domestic Product Growth Rate Post Reform Period Public Distribution System 
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The household survey reported in this chapter is funded by University Grants Commission. The chapter has benefitted immensely from discussion with Sarmila Banerjee. For insightful comments on earlier drafts we are grateful to participants in the Workshop on Livelihood, Employment and Vulnerability organized by Department of Economics, Calcutta University on January 5, 2012.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of KalyaniKalyaniIndia

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