Higher budgetary allocation for rural development under UPA: Raghuvansh Prasad

January 14th, 2009 - 10:51 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.14 (ANI): Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Wednesday stated that the Rural Development Ministry under United Progressive Alliance government was allocated 2.5 times more budget than it was given during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule.
The UPA government allocated Rs, 1,93,715 crore during 2004-09 whereas the NDA govt. allocated Rs. 72,263 crore.
“The UPA government between 2004 and 2009, distributed a total of Rs, 1,93,715 crore in terms of budgetary allocation which is 2.5 times more than what NDA government had allocated during its tenure. The previous government had allocated Rs. 72,263 crore during its regime,” Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters at New Delhi on Wednesday.
Minister Prasad, however, said the increased budgetary allocation was still not enough for the socio-economic development of farmers in the country. He said: “Effective steps are required to be taken for facilitating proper usage of funds meant for the poor.”
Highlighting the UPA govt.s achievements, Prasad described the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) as a significant achievement for the UPA government. “Bank and post office accounts of around six crore NREGA beneficiaries have been opened all over the country,” said Prasad while adding that under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), 3.5 lakh kilometre roads have been constructed in the country at the cost of Rs 88,700 crore.
“During the last five years, 1,34,000 km roads in rural areas have been constructed whereas during the NDA rule, 51,511 km of roads were constructed,” Prasad pointed out.
Besides, 110 lakh rural households have been built and Rs 25 crore issued by the government under the drinking water scheme in the last five years [under UPA rule], the minister informed. (ANI)

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