During the British period, the famines took place at regular intervals. The colonial rulers felt that the challenge of famine could be successfully met only through irrigation. Subsequently, the government appointed the Royal Commission on Agriculture in India in 1926. The Commission submitted its report in 1928.
Some of the major recommendations of the Committee were putting a ban on fragmentation and sub-division of land, establishment of the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research etc.
To combat the agricultural crisis during the British period, the government adopted several measures such as provision of irrigation facilities, setting up of cooperative societies, creation of a research committee for the comprehension of problems in agriculture etc. In this way the colonial rulers evinced keen interest in improving the agricultural situation in rural India.
The book discusses different approaches taken by government after independence to make development in India a reality. The articles by different authors reveals different approaches taken and implemented successfully during the crucial phase of India’s development.
Hope readers will find this book useful in getting a better picture of the development in India after Interdependence.
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