New Delhi, Dec 4: The NDA government planned a multi-pronged strategy to improve the quality of life in Indian villages, to enlarge quantum of investment and to make the Indian farmer self-sufficient and farming remunerative rather than be only dependent on state agencies, Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.
Mr Jaitley held the opposition Congress responsible for the farmers’ distress and said the Narendra Modi government assumed office on May 26, 2014. Stress in the agricultural sector was not born thereafter. It was inadequacy of the resources pumped into the agricultural sector by the Congress that had led to both an agrarian distress and an inadequate quality of life in the rural areas. He said this in his blog titled “India’s Rural Sector here.
Mr Jaitley said removing the agrarian distress and improving the quality of life in rural areas cannot be done by slogans alone. From 1971 onwards, the Congress policy was slogans and not resources. The NDA has pumped in resources into the rural areas. These resources have improved our infrastructure, are improving the quality of life of people living therein, have increased agricultural productivity and are intended to give a remunerative price to the farmers.
“The past four and half years is just the beginning. If this level of investment with its annual increase is continued in the rural areas for at least the next two decades, we will be close to providing a quality of life and infrastructure in rural areas which is more urban like.”
The BJP leader said before the Prime Minister assumed office, 3.8 lakh km of regular roads existed in the first 67 years after India’s independence. As of November, 2018, this figure has already touched 5.7 lakh km of roads. “In the past four and a half years, close to 1.9 lakh km of roads have been built in India’s rural areas. The investment in rural roads has increased three fold. Very soon we will be close to the destination of connecting every village with a pucca road.”
There are 17.47 crore rural households in India. As of 2013-14 only about 70 per cent had been electrified in the first 67 years of India’s independence. Today as of November, 2018, 16.53 crore households – which is 95 per cent -- have already been electrified and over the next few weeks rural electrification programme would be completed, he wrote. (UNI)