Saga of Rural Development: A Village Level Study of Chhatna Block in Bankura District, West Bengal
Keywords:Development; Rural Development; Inequality of development; Composite development Index; Development Index; Inter-Village inequality.
The concept of rural development holds different development issues in rural area which include economic progress, social security, and people’s enablement, facility of basic needs as well as political and cultural freedom. Rural development is not only a matter of social well-being but its conceptual background found in a geographical philosophy termed as environmental determinism. It is revealed that rural developments are not equally well-adjusted due to different types of development elements. Some of the communities are underprivileged more than others, even some of the improvement plans working in an area are unable to reduce the inequalities in rural development on the other area. Bankura district situated on the transitional region between Chhatonagpur plateau and Rurh plain area of west Bengal which is basically less developed in the field of rural development. The community development block Chhatna is located on the western plateau area of the district. The present papers is a humble attempt to find out the degree of inequality in the rural development of the area under study and also try to analyse the causes behind these inequalities.