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Lakshadweep Development Report   
Lakshadweep Development Report
Published by Academic Foundation under arrangement with :
New Delhi.
Paper  Back Book   :   Pages : 184
2007  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-623-X
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The Planning Commission has decided to prepare State Development Reports (SDRs) for all States and Union Territories of India. The objective in bringing out these reports is to provide a credible independent quality reference document on the development profile, set out strategies for accelerating the growth rate of States, lessen disparities and reduce poverty. The SDR is meant to discuss the constraints and challenges faced by a State and provide a vision, blueprint or a roadmap for its socioeconomic progress.

Each SDR is being prepared with the assistance of reputed national-level agencies, under the supervision of a core committee, headed by a Member of the Planning Commission, and including a senior representative of the State Government. The publication of the Maharashtra Development Report follows the recently published SDRs of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh, while SDRs of many other States and Union Territories of India are under various stages of preparation.

The Lakshadweep Development Report highlights issues related to the development of small islands and the road ahead for the progress of the Union Territory. Lakshadweep's potential in tourism, coconut development and its transformation in social sectors are well documented in the report. Infrastructure, human development, biodiversity and environment protection, governance and economic issues of Lakshadweep are adequately addressed in the report. The report is expected to serve as a useful reference material and stimulate informed debate on the policy issues facing the Union Territory.


The Core Committee.

Message from Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission.

Foreword from Member, Planning Commission.

List of Tables and Annexures



1. Development Paradigm


Goals of Development

Constraints and Strengths

Agrarian Structure

Social Structure: Differentiation

Status of Economy

Quality of Life

Concluding Remarks


2. Economic Issues

Profile of the Islands


Animal Husbandry

Soil and Water Conservation

Fisheries and Ocean Development

Cooperation and Civil Supplies

Public Distribution System



Savings and Investments


3. Infrastructure



Road Communication


Civil Aviation


4. Human Development

Population Density

Gender Ratio

Literacy and Education

Public Health and Medical Care

Drinking Water and Sanitation

Employment Generation

Poverty and Inequality


5. Biodiversity and Environment Protection

Current Status and Challenges

Afforestation Measures

Shore Protection

The Coral Reef and the Lagoons


6. Governance Issues

Economic and Social Database

Fiscal Management

Panchayati Raj Institutions

Disaster Management

Cyclone Shelters

Modernisation of Administration

Sensitising the People



7. Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

Development Paradigm

Economic Issues


Managing Human Development

Biodiversity And Environment Protection

Governance Issues




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