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Maharashtra Development Report   
Maharashtra Development Report
Published by Academic Foundation under arrangement with :
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Paper  Back Book   :   Pages : 408
2007  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-540-3
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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 Maharashtra Development Report reviews the State's development experience and highlights issues critical for its future progress. The report is expected to serve as a useful reference and stimulate informed debate on the policy issues facing the state.


The Core Committee.

Contributors and their Affiliation.


Foreword from Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission.

Message from Chief Minister, Maharashtra.

Message from Member, Planning Commission.

List of Tables, Figures and Boxes.

Abbreviations and Acronyms.

Map of Maharashtra.

The Essence


1. Economic Profile and Development Strategy


Economic Growth

Sectoral Growth

Sectoral Analysis

Social Sector Attainments

Distributive Aspects

Employment Market

Strategy and Policies


2. Fiscal Situation and Policies


Revenue Receipts

Own Non-tax Revenue

Central Transfers

Fiscal Deficit


Government Guarantees

Special Purpose Vehicles


Outstanding Liabilities

Interest Burden

Market Borrowings

Sustainability of Public Debt

Finances of Local Bodies

Revenue Mobilisation by the PRIs

Grants in Aid

Composition and Trend of the Local Expenditure

Urban Local Bodies

Income of Municipal Corporations

Taxation and Levy Powers

Expenditure of Municipal Corporations

Municipal Bonds

Fiscal situation of Maharashtra: Towards MTFF


3. Agricultural Growth


Status of Agricultural Sector in Maharashtra

Land Reforms in Maharashtra

Land Use and Cropping Pattern in Maharashtra

Production and Productivity of Crops

Agricultural Inputs in Maharashtra

Agricultural Finance

Marketing of Agricultural Produce

Horticulture Sector

Constraints on Agricultural Growth

Policy Implications


4. Irrigation


Irrigation Potential Harnessed and Utilised

Investment in IrrigationSector

Growth of Irrigation Projects

Trends and Development of Irrigated Area

Financial Performance of Irrigation Sector


Water Conservation Measures

Demand and Supply Scenario of Water

Irrigation and Productivity Nexus

Policy Suggestions


5. Industrial Growth


Maharashtra’s Industrial Economy

Competition Among the States

Availability of Physical Infrastructure

Competitive Classification of Industries

Total Factor Productivity Growth Analysis

Small Scale Industries in Maharashtra

Development of Small Enterprises: Cluster Approach

Recommendations Regarding Clusters

Spread of Industrialisation in Maharashtra

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

Industrial Sickness

Industrial Pollution



6. Infrastructure Development


Backdrop: Context, Issues and Approaches

Power Sector

Road Development in Maharashtra

Ports and Inland Water Transport

Telecom Sector

Urbanisation and Water Supply

Major Problems in Supply of Water in Urban Maharashtra

Strategies and Policies for Development of Infrastructure


7. Public Sector Units: Restructuring and Reforms


Structure of PSUs

Need for Restructuring and Reforms

Policy Measures for Restructuring

Progress of PSU Reforms

Summary and Conclusions


8. Human Resources Development of the Weaker Sections


Maharashtra – A Study in Contrasts

Maharashtra – The Great Rural Urban Divide

The Weaker Sections in Maharashtra- Facts Belie Presumptions

Scheduled Tribes

Vision for 2020

Scheduled Castes


Persons with Disability



9. Handlooms and Handicrafts


Post-Independence Policy on Handlooms and Handicrafts

Development in Handlooms Sector Apex Development Bodies

Handlooms in Maharashtra

Current Issues and Concerns of Handloom Weavers

Handicrafts in Maharashtra

Handicrafts in Private or Cooperative Sectors

Micro-Credit Financing for Handicrafts Sector

Development Plan

Product Diversification and Development

Upgrading Entrepreneurial Skills of Artisans

Development of Showrooms

Revamping of Corporations into Business Organisations

Coordination between Various Government Departments

Tapping the Export Market

Utilisation of the Services of Weavers’ Service Centres, Handicrafts Marketing and Service Extension Centres

Organising Exhibitions and Festivals and Promoting Advertising

Apex Body and Self-help Groups



10. Governance


The Significance of Governance

A Critical Appraisal

Right to Information (RTI) and Repeal of Official Secrets Act

Civil Society Organisations

The Private Sector



11. Integrated Village Development


Villages in Maharashtra: Some Socio-Economic Indicators

Provision of Village Infrastructure: Maharashtra vis-à-vis Other States

Regional Imbalances in Provision of Village Amenities

Village Development Programmes

Village Development in Tribal Areas

Panchayati Raj and Village Development

Impact of PRIs on Village Development

Conclusions and Policy Implications


12. Tourism


Sustainable Tourism: Definitions and Principles World Initiatives

Recent Trends

Future Tourism Development

Private Sector Role

SWOT Analysis

Policy Recommendations-Sustainable Tourism for Maharashtra

Recommendations for Future Studies in Maharashtra Tourism


13. Urbanisation


Characteristics of Urbanisation

Historical Evolution of Cities: Colonisation and Capitalism

Technology, Globalisation and Their Impacts on Cities

Trends and Patterns of Urbanisation

Components of Urban Growth: Natural Increase and Migration

Size Distribution of Class I Cities in Maharashtra

Regional Growth and Equality

Urbanisation by Districts

Causes and Consequences of Urbanisation and Problems of Growth of Cities

Consequences: Inadequate Access to Amenities

Housing in Urban Maharashtra and Urban India in 2001

Access to Amenities

Policies of Urban Development in India

Urban Development Schemes in Maharashtra

Urban Policy at Work in Maharashtra

Institutional Framework Created: How did it Work?

Impact of Urban Policy and Implications for Future

Policy Recommendations



14. Employment


Regional Profile of Employment

Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS): Overview and Appraisal

Policy Issues

15. Water and Environment


Water Resources

Air Pollution

Solid Waste Management

Forests and Biodiversity

Land Degradation

Environmental Education

Some Relevant International Issues

Efficacy of Environmental Regulations

Reasons for Underperformance

Conclusions and Recommendations


16. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations

Overall Conclusions

Policy Recommendations



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