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Special Category States of India

Govind Bhattacharjee


Eleven economically backward hill states of India sharing international boundaries comprise the group of ‘Special Category States’. Lacking in economic resources and being geographically isolated from the rest of the country, they not only suffer from serious physical and economic handicaps, but protracted phases of violent militancy had further stymied the development of many of these states. To address their problems, Centre has awarded them the ‘Special Category Status’ which gives them perpetual access to Central plan assistance on liberal terms, but without creating the necessary institut ... More

Keywords: Special Category Status, Planning Commission, Finance Commission, Gadgil Formula, Fifth Schedule, Sixth Schedule, Article 370, Article 371, Insurgency, Public Finance, Planning, Socio-Economic Indicators

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199460830
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Govind Bhattacharjee, author
Director general, Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, New Delhi