Rural development has been a key pillar of the Indian government’s growth plan.
Yet, the state’s rural economy has been neglected for decades.
The Panchaya Rural Development (PRD) Fund has been created to provide financial assistance to rural areas to strengthen rural livelihoods and the quality of life for rural people.
For the first time in India, the fund will be able to provide direct assistance to over 300 villages in the rural areas.
The PADF is the second largest rural development bank in the country, with over 1,000 branches.
Panchayats have been given more autonomy in economic activities since independence, but they are still under-represented in the governance of rural India.
“In many parts of the country rural areas are under-served, which has created a lot of poverty and social tensions in rural India,” Panchayan Kulkarni, chairperson of the Rural Development Council of India (RDCI), said.
“We are witnessing the rise of the new wave of rural politics, which is the emergence of panchaya political parties.”
Kulkarns view is similar to that of RJD leader Jyoti Basu, who said in an interview with The Indian Express: “We need to empower our political parties in order to get our demands met, and that is what we are doing.
This is an important opportunity for the political parties and our leaders to make a difference.”
The government’s rural development plan, which was launched in December 2017, has been met with scepticism by many in the community, especially the rural women.
While the rural agenda has been lauded by the government, there has been no transparency around the funding of the rural development schemes.
Despite the government’s insistence that the rural welfare is the priority, critics point out that it has neglected the poor rural women in particular.
The Rural Development Ministry’s rural affairs department did not reply to The Next Post’s request for comment on the funding for rural women, nor did it reply to a request from The Hindu for a statement on the Panchayinga Rural Development Foundation.
In the last few years, several villages have lost their land to land acquisition schemes, forcing villagers to take to the streets and protest against the government.
In 2017, over 20,000 farmers and their families in Jharkhand staged a nationwide protest against land acquisition.
A large part of the PADFs funds goes to the panchayan kisan movement, which calls for more government land acquisition for farming.
But there has also been criticism that the funding is misused for projects that are not conducive to rural development.
Earlier this year, the RJD-led state government gave Panchalya a loan of Rs 3,000 crore for building a school in rural Kolkata.
The state’s education minister, M L Khurana, said that the loan was needed to buy land for the school, which will be built in a remote region.
However, the PANFAF says that Panchaiyas school is not in the remote Kolkataka area.
The PAD is the largest rural-related development fund in the world, and it has helped hundreds of thousands of rural people through the last decade.
The PANDF is the third largest bank in India with a corpus of Rs 7,200 crore.
“Panchaya is a unique and powerful entity, and we have to give it credit for its contribution in bringing about socio-economic development and the empowerment of the villagers,” Basu said.
Karakhand, a state in the southern part of India, has the largest number of pancha, with 2,000 panchas.
It has been dubbed the “mini-Rajasthan”.
The country has one of the highest proportion of rural areas in the developed world.
In rural India, almost 80% of the population is living below the poverty line.
According to the World Bank, over half of rural households in the United States live below the national poverty line, with one in four people living on less than $2 a day.
In the world’s poorest country, there are nearly 1.5 billion people living below poverty lines, a total of about 20 million people, the World Food Programme reports.
While there are no statistics on how many people have been displaced due to land disputes, there have been instances of villagers losing their land due to acquisition schemes.
In May 2017, more than 60 villagers in a village in Maharashtra’s Bhandara district were evicted from their homes due to the acquisition of land for a school.
“This is a serious problem,” said Prakash Dutt, a resident of Jhansi district, who is a member of the RDFI.
“It is the most neglected and neglected section of our society.”
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