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Examine the role of small towns in the regional development process.

2.  Examine the role of small towns in the regional development process. (250 words)

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Why this question:

Question aims to evaluate the role of small towns in the regional development process.

Key demand of the question:

One has to explain that the regional development process is crucial for development of underdeveloped regions. This can be aided by the presence of small towns.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define what constitute small towns.

Body:

Discuss the functions that the small towns play with regards to the regional development process; They act as the link between larger urban centres in the urban hierarchy with the villages in the region. They provide socio-economic opportunities to the emerging middle class working age population; act as centres for counter-migration etc.

Then explain the limitations they face, discuss policies aimed to address  these limitations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.