|Seventy per cent of India lives in villages.
And villages mean not ‘big’ problems but very ‘basic’ problems.
Where the question is to fulfi ll the basic needs such as food and shelter.
Where access to clean water, education and health facilities itself is an issue.
Where there is a struggle for survival on a daily basis.
Where poverty glares.
Fortunately, rural development has been on the agenda of various governments since Independence.
Unfortunately, despite numerous laudable programmes and huge investments, the reality of rural livelihood is
dismal, observes A K Jain, Commissioner (Planning) Delhi Development Authority.
He emphasises the need of blending modern technologies with government developmental programmes.
For technology practitioners, it is important to understand government priorities and focus.
And explore an interface.
As we find Maj Gen M Gopal Rao, Surveyor General of India in an upbeat mood.
With claims and promises.
Probably, there is an opportunity.
And a conducive atmosphere too.