Staff Correspondent

Bidar: The pace of rural development in the country is slower compared to the economy growth rate. The Government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), funding agencies and other stakeholders should take this aspect into consideration, former chairman of the State Women's Commission Guramma Siddareddy has said.

She was speaking at an orientation workshop for NGOs organised by the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology and the Mukti Trust here on Thursday.

"We have begun to speak proudly of India's evolution from an aid-dependent developing country to the second fastest growing economy in the world. But when we speak of India, we should realise that there is an entirely different India in the countryside that does not match this description," Ms. Siddareddy said.

Potential

"There is a complaint against NGOs that they have failed in tapping the full potential in the area of rural development. We need to find a solution rather than try to give fitting reply to those who make such allegations," she said.

Ms. Siddareddy urged the Union and State Governments to focus on women-oriented programmes as they are likely to be more successful.

Guthi Jambunath, State representative of the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology said that the council was working with non-governmental organisations across the country to help extend the benefits of scientific research to rural areas.

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