Release of SDMIMD and SIRD Joint Report

SDMIMD and Abdul Nazir Sab State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (ANSSIRD & PR) joint work “Socio Economic Deprivation Status of Rural Households in Karnataka” was presented and released on December 16, 2021.
The report was released by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Chairman, SDMIMD. Dr Heggade said, ‘The rural economy in Karnataka is in transition and the standard of living of households have improved, thanks to the efforts of government interventions and non-government organisations.’ 
Dr. B. Venkatraja, the rincipal investigator of the project & Associate Professor of Economics in SDMIMD, said that the project estimated the multi-dimensional socio-economic deprivation status of more than 80 lakh rural households focusing on 16 key aspects of four major dimensions of livening such as housing, income and employment, assets and land and explored regional and demographic disparities, though it has reduced. The study has developed a scientific framework to measure multi-dimensional deprivations and it is the first effort of its kind in India.
Dr. G.S. Ganesh Prasad of ANSSIRD&PR, the co-investigator to the project said, ‘the framework and results are the benchmark for future studies. The report offers policy frameworks to bridge the gap in deprivation. One of the key recommendations towards this end was strengthening the Self Help Group-Panchayat Raj Institution convergence’. 
Dr. N.R. Parasuraman, Director of SDMIMD opined that the report would not only benefit the policy makers in identifying the deprivation areas but also benefit the community at large in the form of reduced gaps in deprivation after the policy implementation. 
Smt. Lakshmi Priya, Director of ANSSIRD&PR said that the report will be a very useful document to the government as it provides new directions to visualize the rural problems and different and effective ways to address them. 
Dr. Srilakshminarayana, the co-investigator to the project moderated the program and delivered vote of thanks.