PM recalls childhood to highlight rural suffering

August 15th, 2008 - 9:32 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Recalling his childhood when he studied at night in the dim light of a kerosene lamp, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lamented Friday that many in the country “still live that life” — without roads, electricity and drinking water. “I spent the first 10 years of my life in a village that had no electricity, no drinking water supply, no doctor, no roads and no phones. I had to walk many miles to a school,” he said from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the country’s 62nd Independence Day.

“I had to study at night in the dim light of a kerosene lamp. After independence there has been considerable development in rural areas, yet many of our citizens still live a life that I lived in my childhood,” he said.

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