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Updated: October 29, 2009 12:09 IST

Availability of basic necessities remains a challenge: President

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President Pratibha Patil arrives at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday.
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President Pratibha Patil arrives at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday.

Availability of basic necessities like food, shelter, medicine and clean water remains a challenge in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, President Pratibha Patil has said.

“The effort to reduce human suffering and make available food, shelter, medicine and clean water to a large proportion of the population of the world, remains a challenge even as we work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

For this the involvement of civil society and NGOs is critical,” Ms. Patil said at the British Asian Trust on Wednesday night.

British Asian Trust is a UK-based grant making charity established by British Asian businessmen at the suggestion of Prince Charles in 2007.

“I understand that the charities and trusts with which Your Royal Highness is associated are, by far, the largest in the UK and they are involved in a broad range of areas including health, education, responsible business and natural environment,” Ms. Patil said.

The President said, “All of you who are present here today have demonstrated a desire to work for the upliftment of humanity whether through contribution of rural programmes to education and health. I wish you all the very best.”

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