VP pitches for ‘reservation’ in allocation of funds for rural areas

 HYDERABAD: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need to bridge the urban-rural divide and sought ‘reservation’ in allocation of funds for improving rural infrastructure.

            Successive Governments have not focused enough attention on rural areas to address this divide, he observed, adding, as a result, massive migration has taken place to urban areas — for education, employment and enhanced medical facilities, among others.

            He was speaking after inaugurating the second edition of Rural Innovators Startup Conclave at the National Institute for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) here.

            “We need to increase more allocation (of funds) to rural areas.

             That is the reservation I am talking about. You need to allocate and you need to take care of rural people on five issues — irrigation, infrastructure, interest rates, insurance and innovation,” Naidu said.

             “If allocation, focus and planning is made in favour of rural areas more then you will be having an integrated development for a united India,” he said. (AGENCIES)