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date: 15 November 2019

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Much of the theorizing and policy making for rural poverty alleviation in India lacks empirical appreciation of issues and challenges. Therefore, it is important to examine how valid the different interpretations of the Indian evidence justifying alternative policy imperatives are. This article illustrates one such issue with reference to the strategy for agricultural growth since the mid-1960s until now, and its impact evaluation in terms of inequality and poverty and the current enigma on hunger and deprivation. It deals with policy imperatives of development for eradicating poverty and deprivation. The article then examines the Indian evidence on its agricultural growth strategy and a policy outcome evaluation with reference to rural poverty in India during different phases of the Indian agricultural development strategy. It mainly examines the missing links in research methodology of these studies and their implications. Some evidence in terms of final estimates of consumption are provided.

Keywords: policy making, rural poverty, poverty alleviation, agricultural growth, policy outcome evaluation, agricultural development strategy

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