Proper connectivity to the rural areas has always been the biggest drawback for the Rural India. A lot of funds and programmes have been launched to drive the best roads laid for development.
In context to this Union Minister of Rural Development Birender Singh today said the Centre planned to connect all villages in the country by road.
“Nearly 30,000 km of road will be constructed. It is necessary to have better connectivity for the all-round development and progress of society. The Centre has made budgetary provision for the road construction,” he said while addressing participants of Chaupal Marathon in the district’s Baiyanpur village.
NGO Chaupal organised the marathon in five age groups. The winners were given cash prizes ranging between Rs 5,100 and Rs 51,000 by the minister.
He pointed to poor health facilities for villagers, who constitute 68 per cent of the country’s total population. “The Centre had prepared a plan to fix three years to complete the MBBS degree with the condition to appoint doctors in villages. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), however, opposed the plan.”
The minister appreciated NGO’s efforts to organise the marathon every year and suggested institutions such as Chaupal should act as a link between the government and IMA to provide the best possible medical care in villages.
“There are nearly 34 lakh NGOs in the country, but hardly 80,000 of them submit their accounts to the government for auditing,” Singh said.
Rajinder Singh Tonk, chairman of Chaupal, said the NGO was run by health professionals and it had helped nearly 6 lakh people by providing them with healthcare services in the NCR for nine years.