English_Master February 17, 2016 No Comments
¬†RURAL DEVELOPMENT Once, Gandhiji told the renowned author Mr. Mulk Raj Anand that we can’t build India unless we build villages. Gandhiji wanted to make the villages independent republics, independent in governance and for routine requirements, governed by the people of the villages and self sufficient for financial needs. In India, 70% of our population lives in villages, but the developmental schemes, for the development of rural segment were not given the required priorities in the beginning. However, for quite some time the Government has been rather more focused on making concrete action for rural development. A brief account of these programmes and plans is given below Rural Renewal The UPA Government remains committed to ensuring inclusive growth by improving rural infrastructure in a comprehensive manner through the second phase (2009-10 to 2012-15) of Bharat Nirman. Efforts are being continued to provide electricity, safe drinking water, all weather roads, telephones and broadband connectivity to all eligible villages/habitations and substantially augment rural housing stock and irrigation potential. Rural Housing 71.8 lakhs houses were constructed during the first phase against a target of 60 lakhs. An ambitious target of constructing 120 lakhs houses has been set for the second phase. Rural Roads New connectivity is proposed to be provided to a...
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