BA 6th Semester Question Papers: Economic Issues of Assam (May' 2015)

Course: 604
(Economic Issues of Assam)
Full Marks: 80
Pass Marks: 32
Time: 3 hours
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions.

1. Answer the following as directed: 1x8=8
  1. Assam covers about ____ percent of India’s total geographical area. (Fill in the blank)
  2. Limestone is used as a raw material for the production of
  1. Cement.
  2. Marble.
  3. Copper.
  4. Fireclay.
  1. Name two medicinal plants of Assam.
  2. In which year, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the largest telecom operation in Assam was formed?
  3. The forest area of Assam constitutes over ____ percent of the total geographical area of the State. (Fill in the blank)
  4. Define internal migration.
  5. What is the literacy rate of Assam as per 2001 Census?
  6. Name one place in Assam, where Government of India has approved for setting up of a Food Processing Industrial Park.
2. Write short notes on any four of the following (within 150 words each): 4x4=16
  1. Role of human resources in economic development.
  2. Rural-urban migration of Assam.
  3. Sericulture in Assam.
  4. Handicraft industry of Assam.
  5. Problems of airways transport in Assam.
  6. Impact of flood and erosion in Assam.
Answer the following questions (within 500 words each):
3. (a) Give an account of the natural resources of Assam. Explain why Assam is economically backward in spite of her rich and abundant natural resources. 7+5=12
(b) What is mean by ‘population explosion’? Analyze the reasons for the tremendous growth of population in Assam in the post-Independence period. Do you think Assam is in a state of population explosion? Give reasons in support of your answer. 2+7+3=12
4. (a) Analyze the causes of low productivity of agriculture in Assam. What remedial measures would you suggest for improving the level of agricultural productivity? 6+5=11
(b) What do you understand by the term ‘modernization’ of agriculture? Describe the measures adopted by the Government of Assam for modernization of agriculture. 4+7=11
5. (a) Describe the state of small scale and agro-based industries of Assam. Mention the major difficulties faced by these industries. 7+4=11
(b) Discuss critically the problems and prospects of tourism industry in improving the economy of Assam.      5+6=11
6. (a) Give an account of the present position and progress made by railways in Assam. Mention the main inadequacies in this sphere. 7+4=11
(b) Discuss the problems and prospects of infrastructural facilities of Assam. 5+6=11
7. (a) Explain the problems faced by the agricultural labourers in Assam. What measures has government taken to improve these conditions? 6+5=11

(b) Analyze the prospects of transborder trade as an emerging area for the future growth of the North-East India.    11