Backward Areas

      The industrial development across the country has not been uniform. Due various reasons, certain parts of every state are industrially well developed ; Other portions remain backward. In order to remove the anomalies arising out of these unbalanced development, Central and State Governments have been taking various steps to promote these backward areas.

      One such activity is declairing either a Union Territory, District or Taluk as backward and provide various incentives like investment subsidy, sales tax exemption, etc., for units set up in these areas. Another has been development of industrial estates and related infrastructure in these areas.

      List of Industrially Backward Districts in the country

      ANDHRA PRADESH (14)
      - Anantapur, Chittor, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Khamman, Kurnool, Mehbubhnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nellore, Nizamabad, Ongole,Srikakulam and Warangal.

      BIHAR (18)
      - Bhagalpur, Chamnagar, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Walagau, Purnea, Saharsa, Santhal, Parganna, Saran, Nalanda, Aurangabad, Nwaadha Gaya, Bhojpur, Begusarai, Monghyr, Khagaria and Madhepur.

      GUJARAT (11)
      - Amreli, Banaskantha, Bhavnagar, Broach, Junagadh, Kutch, Mehsana, Panchmahals, Sabarkamtha, Surendranagar & Dang. HARYANA (4) - Bhiwani, Hissar, Jind and Mohindergarh.

      KARNATAKA (11)
      - Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Dharwar, Gulbarga, Hasan, Mysore, North Kanara, Raichur, South Kanara and Tumkur.

      KERALA (7)
      - Allappey, Cannanore, Malapuram, Trichur, Trivandrum, Wynad & Idukki.

      MADHYA PRADESH (36)
      - Balaghat, Bastar, Betul, Bilaspur, Bhind, Chatarpur, Chindwara, Damoh, Datia, Dhar, Dewas, Guna, Hoshangabad, Jhabua, Khargone, Mandla, Kandsaur, Morena, Narsimhapur, Panna, Raigarh, Raipur, Rajandgaon, Rajgarh, Raisen, Ratlam, Rewa, Sagar, Seono, Shajapur, Shivpuri, Sidhi, Surguja, Tikamgarh, Vidisha, and New Sehore District.

      MAHARASHTRA (14)
      - Aurangabad, Bhandara, Hir, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Colaba, Dhulia,Jalgaon, Nanded, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Ratnagiri, Yeotmal and Gadchiroli. ORISSA (8) - Balasore, Bolangir, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj and Phulbani.

      PUNJAB (5)
      - Bhatinda, Ferozpur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Sangrur.

      RAJASTHAN (16)
      - Alwar, Banswara, Bhilwara, Barmer, Churu, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhunjhunu, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Sikar, Sirohi, Tonk and Udaipur.

      TAMILNADU (9)
      - Dharmapuri, Kanyakumari, Madhurai, North Arcot, Ramanathapuram, South Arcot, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli and Pudikkottai district

      UTTAR PRADESH (41)
      - Almora, Azamgarh, adaun, Baharaich, Ballia, Banda, Barabanki, Basti, Bulandshar, Chamoli, Deoria, Etah, Etawah, Faizabad, Farrukhabad, Fatehpur, Ghazipur, Gonda, Hamirpur, Hardoi, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Mainpuri, Mathura, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Pithoragarh, Pratapgarh, Rai-Bareli, Rampur, Unnao, Uttar Kashi, Kanpur, Dehat, Pauri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal, Dehradun & Nainital, Shahajahanpur, Sitapur and Sultanpur.

      WEST BENGAL (13)
      - Bankura, Birbhum, Burdwan, Cooch-Behar, Darjeeling, Hooghly, Jalnaiguri, Malda, Midnapur, Murshidabad, Nadia, Purulia and West Dinajpur.
       

      Following States/UTs are considered to be backward

       Andaman & Nicobar islands
       Arunachal Pradesh
       Assam
       Dadra & Nagar Haveli
       Daman & diu
       Goa
       Himachal Pradesh
       Jammu & kashmir
       Lakshadweep
       Manipur
       Meghalaya
       Mizoram
       Nagaland
       Pondicherry
       Sikkim
       Tripura