Global recession will not affect rural projects: Minister

January 5th, 2009 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) The global meltdown will not have any impact on rural development projects or budgetary allocations for the department concerned, the government said here Monday.”We are expecting more budgetary allocation for our department in the coming fiscal. There will be no adverse impact of the recession on ongoing projects and other expenditures across the country,” said rural development minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh at the curtain-raiser for the 16th session of the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO), slated to begin here Tuesday.

The minister said over 35 million families were availing of the benefits of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, a nationwide programme that the government says provides at least 100 days of work in rural areas.

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