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The regional distribution of investment in states offers some surprises and reinforces some stereotypes. Haryana and Orissa are witnessing big gains in investment, while Rajasthan, UP and Bihar remain BIMARU.
We examine data on projects under implementation in various states in the CMIE Capex data base. We compare data for June 2007 with June 2002 to assess how a state has fared on investment compared to its previous performance. For proper comparison we rank states acccording to projects under implementation on a per capita basis.
The most striking change is in Haryana. Ten years ago, it was at rank 14 and five years ago it was at rank 13. Now, it stands at rank 1, with investment under implementation of Rs 78,500 per capita.
Orissa is also a major gainer, particularly over the last five years. It went from rank 8 to rank 2 over the last five years. While the Indian average for projects under implementation on a per capita basis grew by 93 per cent, Orissa gained by 381 per cent over the last five years to reach Rs 61,811 of investment per capita.
Himachal Pradesh has seen sluggish growth of just 14 per cent compared with five years ago. It has slipped from rank 1 to rank 3, and now has investment of Rs 58,974 per capita.
Gujarat witnessed growth of 85 per cent, which was slightly below the national average growth of 93 per cent, in the last five years. It now stands at rank 4, with investment per capita of Rs 41,585.
Uttarakhand grew a little worse than Gujarat, gaining 73 per cent to go from rank 3 to rank 5. It now has per capita investment under implementation of Rs 34,858.
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