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Better Connectivity

January 14, 2021 |

Better roads connectivity would lead to prosperity of far-flung areas. The cities have been connected to the global economy and have taken off for prosperity. The government needs to think on the same lines for rural areas. Roads are not, of course, the only things that matter - other rural projects and policies matter in reforming the rural economy. The previous government in Centre had highlighted its rural employment guarantee scheme (NERGA). It has allotted huge sums to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (education for all) and irrigation. It has increased spending on rural electrification and health. And it ordains subsidies worth tens of thousands of crores for fertilisers, electricity and rural credit. But are these the best ways to reduce poverty and stimulate growth in rural areas? The cities have been connected to the global economy and have taken off. Do the same for rural areas and they will take off too? Today, alas, many villages are not even connected by road or telecom to the closest town, let alone the world. The connectivity enhances the value of every other rural investment, since it empowers people through improved mobility and access. People can more easily buy agricultural inputs and sell their produce. Children can go more easily to schools, cattle can more easily get veterinary help, and the sick can get to health centres. Remote areas have, by definition, the worst connectivity. They are among the poorest and slowest-growing, but accelerate when given connectivity. Roads can incubate a thousand small businesses, and can convert villages into towns. Government staff is much more willing to be posted to places with good connectivity, so roads improve administration. Rural productivity cannot be high without roads, but can be very high with them. The expansion of better road network to every nook and corner of the state is on top priority of the government. Several road projects have been taken in hand to strengthen road connectivity across the state during the regime of present government but there is a need to give flip to the developmental works for better results. With more and more such projects n place villages will get better road connectivity and subsequently provide alternative route connecting to Highways.

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Better Connectivity

January 14, 2021 |

Better roads connectivity would lead to prosperity of far-flung areas. The cities have been connected to the global economy and have taken off for prosperity. The government needs to think on the same lines for rural areas. Roads are not, of course, the only things that matter - other rural projects and policies matter in reforming the rural economy. The previous government in Centre had highlighted its rural employment guarantee scheme (NERGA). It has allotted huge sums to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (education for all) and irrigation. It has increased spending on rural electrification and health. And it ordains subsidies worth tens of thousands of crores for fertilisers, electricity and rural credit. But are these the best ways to reduce poverty and stimulate growth in rural areas? The cities have been connected to the global economy and have taken off. Do the same for rural areas and they will take off too? Today, alas, many villages are not even connected by road or telecom to the closest town, let alone the world. The connectivity enhances the value of every other rural investment, since it empowers people through improved mobility and access. People can more easily buy agricultural inputs and sell their produce. Children can go more easily to schools, cattle can more easily get veterinary help, and the sick can get to health centres. Remote areas have, by definition, the worst connectivity. They are among the poorest and slowest-growing, but accelerate when given connectivity. Roads can incubate a thousand small businesses, and can convert villages into towns. Government staff is much more willing to be posted to places with good connectivity, so roads improve administration. Rural productivity cannot be high without roads, but can be very high with them. The expansion of better road network to every nook and corner of the state is on top priority of the government. Several road projects have been taken in hand to strengthen road connectivity across the state during the regime of present government but there is a need to give flip to the developmental works for better results. With more and more such projects n place villages will get better road connectivity and subsequently provide alternative route connecting to Highways.


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Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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