Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 1282-1293 Jan. - Mar.2013




Jain Anjali*1 and Jain Aditi2

1. Department of Economics, Sarojini Naidu Govt. Girls’ P.G. College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (INDIA)
2. International School of Business and Media, Pune, Maharashtra (INDIA)


Received on : August 10, 2011




Growth process normally creates pressure on environment. On the one hand, it uses natural resources as inputs in the production of commodities and on the other hand dumps more waste of production and consumption into the environment. In an attempt to improve the quality of life through more baskets of goods and services, it damages the quality of environment through immersion of polluted gases, soil erosion, water pollution, global warming and industrial wastes. There is, thus a conflict between the development goals and environment in the economy. No development can be sustainable unless it is environmentally sound and socially just. Hence, there is a need to integrate the growth with ecology and environment in order to achieve sustainable development. This study is a cross-sectional analysis of various indicators among different districts of Madhya Pradesh, India to test the sustainability of development process by establishing inter-linkages between index of quality of environment, index of human development and index of development. The study is mainly based on secondary data, which are collected from various reports of Madhya Pradesh Government, Annual Reports of Planning Commission, Compendium of Environment Statistics etc. The present study will help us in understanding whether the developed regions of the state of Madhya Pradesh are able to take care of their quality of environment. This study may prove to be an important contribution for the evaluation of development policy in terms of its sustainability perspective at district level in the state. The specific objectives of the study are (i) to study the indicators of quality of life, economic development and environment among different districts in the state, (ii) to develop a composite index of development and index of quality of environment at district level, (iii) to inter-relate the districts on the basis of their level of development and quality of environment and (iv) to suggest appropriate policy framework at district level towards sustainable development.


Keywords : Sustainable development, Quality of life, Index of environment, Human development index, Growth-process