March 9, 2012
Punjab is considered one of the most prosperous states in India. Although the success of the Green Revolution which was spearheaded by Punjab, made India not only self-sufficient with regard to food grains but also evolved it into a food exporting nation, the prosperity in Punjab has not been uniformly felt across the state. The Punjab State Human Development Report of 2004 highlights the discrepancy in the levels of achievement among the various sections of the society. The Report throws light on the existing successes, areas that need immediate attention and the possible pathways ahead with regard to working for the improvement of health services and facilities, the status of women and children, agriculture, the economy and livelihoods especially those of the marginalized Dalit community of Punjab.