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Geographical coverage

PACS covers 90 districts in seven Indian states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Map of Indian states where the PACS programme operates

The 90 selected districts have the following characteristics:

  • Poverty levels that are higher than the average for rural India (source: Planning Commission of India 2004-05)
  • People belonging to socially excluded groups form a substantial proportion of the district’s total population. (source: Census 2001 data on the population of three socially excluded groups – scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslims – as a percentage of the total population)

To view the list of PACS districts at a glance download the PDF (link).