About The Book

A country’s development and growth can be judged through various parameters. Migration, in and out, of the country, is one of them. Internal migration is another. Inter-state migration in India was close to 9 million annually between 2011 and 2016 as per the Economic Survey of India, 2017. Census of India, 2017, reported internal migration at 139 million. Considering rural out-migration is largely driven by factors such as poverty, lack of livelihood opportunities and agrarian distress, the vulnerabilities faced by migrant workers have been captured by many studies. This book, on the other hand, attempts to study the distress of the left-behind women, children, and parents at the source.

Thus, the book analyses ‘distress migration’ in Tamil Nadu, with particular reference to one of the backward districts in the state, viz. Dharmapuri, with the hope that policy makers will tune their attention and intelligence towards people whose problems, till now, have been invisible.

About The Authors

Teaching and researching for the last three decades, Dr. K. Jothi Sivagnanam is currently the Professor and Head of the Department of Economics, University of Madras, Chennai. Holding a post-graduation from Bharathidasan University and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Madras, he has published many books and research articles, concentrating on current Indian economic issues.

Holding the position of Registrar at the University of Madras, Chennai, Dr. R. Srinivasan is armed with 30 years of experience in education and research. He completed his post-graduation as well as Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Madras. Along with authoring many books and research papers on the Indian economy, he has also served as a full-time member in the State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Review of Literature
Chapter 3: District Profile – Dharmapuri
Chapter 4: Research Design
Chapter 5: State of Agriculture and Rural Employment in Dharmapuri District
Chapter 6: Demographics of Dharmapuri District: Analysis of Census Data
Chapter 7: Demographics of Dharmapuri District: Analysis of NSSO Data
Chapter 8: Rural Migration in Dharmapuri – Causes and Consequences – Analysis of Primary Sample Survey Data
Chapter 9: Case Studies – Qualitative Study on Migration in Dharmapuri District
Chapter 10: Summary, Conclusions and Policy Recommendations


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