Factors such as the state's location, climatic conditions, natural calamities and cross-border conflict seem to affect the distribution of poverty
The per capita income of Assam is among the lowest in the country. Tendulkar Committee estimates also suggest high poverty rates in rural parts vis-à-vis urban areas. Assam’s location away from the main demand and production centres of India is also regularly cited as a key reason for its low levels of economic progress. Apart from the geographical location, climatic conditions of Assam are also cited by many as a factor hindering growth of the state. Frequent floods and soil erosion in and around the Brahmaputra and Barak valley have repeatedly pushed families into severe poverty. Cross-border conflicts also have many a time adversely impacted the state economy.
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