Chief Ministers to be asked to recast rural economy

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W. Chandrakanth

Congress plenary to ask them to put science and technology to better applications

HYDERABAD: When the Congress Chief Ministers of 16 States converge here for a three-day AICC plenary session later this month, reshaping rural economy will be high on their agenda. In other words, they will be asked to put science and technology to farm-savvy applications.

The goal is to tailor their governance to sustain the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 7 per cent as the UPA Government has been able to do in the last 20 months and also, if possible, to take it to 8 per cent.

APCC president K. Keshava Rao told The Hindu on Monday that the ball in this direction was already set rolling at the recent Science Congress held in the city by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The plenary was only recasting its agenda taking off from where Dr. Singh left at the Science Congress by seeking technological intervention to shore the growth rate of the agricultural sector.

"Techno-rural" development, as it is being called, aims at beneficial intervention of technology that could lead to increased productivity levels in agriculture, poultry and livestock, Dr. Keshava Rao explained. In view of this, he said, it was indicated that the plenary should focus its attention on making the State Government achieve a 4 per cent compounded annual growth rate in agriculture.


The APCC chief said the arrangements at the plenary would highlight the cherished goals of the party's two top leaders--- rural development (as sought by Ms.Gandhi) and economic resurgence (as planned by Dr. Singh).

Dr. Rao said the probability of the economic resolution of the plenary getting an impetus from the fourth resolution -- the one on rural development and panchayat raj -- was very high.

Referring to the arrangements for the plenary, he said the party machinery was fully geared up to host some 14,000-odd delegates attending it without any misuse of official machinery. Nearly 40 committees with experienced leaders were in place and accommodation and transportation facilities were fully lined up.

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