Enough not done for uplift of desert regions: Govt

NEW DELHI, May 18: The Government today admitted in the Lok Sabha that it had not done enough for development of desert regions in the country even as it assured members of its commitment to uplift these areas in 40 districts across seven states.
“We have not done the needful, but it is a long journey. Our government is committed to development of these (desert) areas in the country,” Planning Minister Ashwani Kumar said.
He was replying to a debate on a private member’s resolution seeking special economic package for desert regions.
Kumar said Government has spent Rs 64,438 crore during 2007-12 under various social sector schemes for development of these areas.
The resolution was later negated when it was put to vote in the absence of Harish Choudhary (BJP) who had moved it.
Kumar said the government has already initiated work on harnessing renewable sources of energy, like solar and wind energy, in these areas.
Mahendrasinh Pruthvisinh Chauhan (BJP) and Naranbhai Kachhadia (BJP) also participated in the debate. (PTI)

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