Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns (IDSMT): An Evaluation Study

Submitted by nanda on 4 August 2014 - 5:23pm

The focus of the present study is to evaluate the impact of the IDSMT programme on the basis of certain set of questions such as, should the programme be continued in the Eighth Plan or not; if the programme is to be continued, then should it continue in the same form or in a different form; what has contrained the effective implementation of the IDSMT programme. The study however has shown that the process of selecting the towns for accelerated development under this programme has not been proper. It has thus been suggested in the study that IDSMT programme should be continued in the Eighth Plan with suitable restructuring and special emphasis should be given to the strengthening of the economic base of towns and integration of economic and spatial aspects.