Pratik Haribhajan Shinde, Manoj Murlidhar Pandkar
This research study tries to understand the demographical, socio-economical, and geographical characteristics of Maharashtra’s Marathwada Region and analyse regional disparity in the state of Maharashtra, especially focusing on the Marathwada Region. It also investigates the region-wise backlog position according to various committees formed by the Government of Maharashtra and the role of the Marathwada Development Board in the socio-economic development of the Marathwada region. This research paper attempts to study the regional imbalance in Maharashtra state while discussing the impact of the Marathwada Development Board on the development of the Marathwada region. The relative socioeconomic backwardness of the Marathwada region based on inter-regional analysis has been assessed based on selected indicators like region-wise per capita income, the importance of agriculture in the economy, industrialization, expansion of the special economic zone, education, literacy rate, infrastructure, and health facilities. This study argues that this region is characterised by heterogeneity. The proposed strategies for growth take note of this heterogeneity and the disparity caused thereby using various committee reports formed by the Government of Maharashtra, including the Annual Reports of the Statutory Development Board, the District Social and Economic Review, Reports on Regional Imbalance, and the Population Census Abstract 2011.
Development, Regional Imbalance, Statutory Development Boards, Socio-economic Development.
VOL.15, ISSUE No.1, March 2023