Budget 2012-13 cannot ignore the needs of rural India

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Budget 2012-13 cannot ignore the needs of rural India
"The soul of India lives in villages", said Mahatma Gandhi, but just like every other thing he had said, the country's politicians have all but forgotten his words and have trampled up on the souls of the 80 per cent of Indians.

With Budget 2012-13, the poor are hoping for a change. The poor want education, financial inclusion, healthcare and use of technology for empowerment.

Being a technology powerhouse, India should have done more for its rural population. But the country has, for ages, ignored them. According to a study, for every 10 per cent increase in internet penetration, India could contribute USD 17 billion to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

With just one day left for the D-day of the budget, Finance Minister must think of doing a lot more than merely connecting Panchayats!

Another initiative that 'real' India would be hoping for from the budget 2012-13 is better access to healthcare. The rural healthcare is in tatters at the moment and can do with some dedicated allocation for its programs.

Modernization is the need of the hour and without it, not much is expected to change in the future.

The major part of rural India does not come under the banking fold. Government had started an initiative called "Swabhiman" in the last budget to promote the banking system in the villages. It needs to pay more attention to the intricacies involved in accomplishing such a task and bring more number of villages under such an initiative.

Lastly, without proper access to education every step to improve the quality of life of people would come to naught. The lack of good colleges and employment opportunities are also leading to migration of rural population to the cities.

This could only be curbed when the government minimizes the rural urban divide and provide equal opportunity to all.

With budget 2012-13, India must put the pedal to the metal, if it wants to zoom ahead with the other developed nations with its head held mighty high.

Read more about: union budget 2012
Story first published: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 13:31 [IST]
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