SPEED OF RURAL ROADS CONSTRUCTION TO ACCELERATE UNDER PRADHAN MANTRI GRAM SADAK YOJANA: ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT

SPEED OF RURAL ROADS CONSTRUCTION TO ACCELERATE UNDER PRADHAN MANTRI GRAM SADAK YOJANA: ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT

SPEED OF RURAL ROADS CONSTRUCTION TO ACCELERATE UNDER PRADHAN MANTRI GRAM SADAK YOJANA: ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT

 

No.PR-45
July 5, 2016
New Delhi
 

SPEED OF RURAL ROADS CONSTRUCTION TO ACCELERATE UNDER PRADHAN MANTRI GRAM SADAK YOJANA: ADDITIONAL SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
 

Ministry of Rural Development is making a distinct attempt to accelerate the rural roads construction under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana by taking it to a level of 130 km per day during the current year 2016-17, the ceiling for which would be still higher in subsequent year in different rural pockets to especially benefit farmers to let them access integration of their produce to concerned commercial hubs nearer there farms, disclosed its Additional Secretary, Mr. Amarjeet Sinha.
 

The job to provide farmer’s integration with rural and urban pockets as also ensure their infrastructural connect was being done in partnership with various states, said the Additional Secretary while speaking here on Tuesday at a Seminar on “Doubling Farmers Income by 2022-Role of Banks & Financial Institutions” under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 

With this scheme in progress, the laying out of roads connectivity would be critical and the government would make sure that the speed of roads construction in rural pockets advance as intended as this would be the sole initiative through which the infrastructure deficit in country side be bridged, indicated Mr. Sinha.
 

Elaborating on the issue of doubling the farmers income by 2022, Mr. Sinha pointed out that host of policies and initiatives have been put in place and hoped that with them, the desired objective of the Prime Minister would be fulfilled.
 

He, however, added that the produce and productivity of the farmers would enhance provided the chocked credit lines of institutional financing are repaired in a professional manner so that access to credit to farmers could improve, one way of which is linking it with women self help groups just as the State of Andhra and Telangana have done in which the recovery rate has been close to 98%.
 

Deputy Managing Director, NABARD, Mr. R Amalorpavanathan who also spoke on the occasion said that his institution has been extending refinancing credit facilities to various farmers through a suitable monitored lending system and hoped that gradually the credit crisis would be overcome.
 

Advisor (Agri), NITI Aayog, Dr. J P Mishra in his observations felt that besides credit, proper farming policies should be needed with sufficient incentives for farmers to doubling their income and the Aayog is working on a policy document in this regard.
 

The Seminar was presided over by the President of the PHD Chamber, Dr. Mahesh Gupta in which the vote of thanks was proposed by the Vice President of the Chamber, Mr. Anil Khaitan in which Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj, Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar and Chairman, Banking Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr. D K Aggarwal were also present.
 

Ends.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)