Self-sufficient village is my concept of rural development: Shobha Karandlaje
BANGALORE: “A fully self-sufficient village is my concept of rural development,” Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje has said.
Outlining her plans for achieving “Swavalambi Grama”, Ms. Karandlaje told presspersons that she was dismayed that the people in rural areas still had to use open spaces to answer nature’s call.
She said, “Many villagers live in small huts which may not have enough space to build toilets. Many community toilet programmes have failed due to non availability of water.”
Under a programme to deliver dignity of life for villagers, she said, she has asked officials to examine the “dry toilet” design which is now being used in many countries where water was not available for toilet purposes.
Another social problem
Ms. Karandlaje said another social problem that had to be tackled was the migration of youth from rural areas to urban areas in search of livelihood.
She said recent figures showed that the population of youth was steadily falling in the rural areas leaving cultivable lands barren and rural jobs vacant.
The educated youth do not stay in the rural areas as there are no quality schools for their children and no infrastructure to give them a comfortable life.
She said, “I am sure once these facilities are given to the youth they will stay back in rural areas and contribute to enrich rural Karnataka.”
Talking about strengthening the administration in panchayat raj institutions in the State, Ms. Karandlaje said that she was keen on drafting a new policy on appointment in the panchayat raj institutions.
She said agricultural officers or senior officials had to act as executive officers in 48 taluks.