Farm focus in Bharat Nirman

New Delhi, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2005, 05:42am hrs
The ensuing Union Budget is slated to make substantial allocation for rebuilding rural India under the programme Bharat Nirman. Under this, a National Rural Health Mission based on a district-based planning and management of healthcare delivery with the help of panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) will be launched.

The Bharat Nirman programme will include both farm and non-farm sectors. It will be the platform on which my government will construct its New Deal for Rural India, said President APJ Abdul Kalam in his address to Parliament on Friday.

The President said this will be a time-bound business plan for building rural infrastructure in the areas of irrigation, roads, housing, water supply, electrification and telecommunication connectivity. The government will indicate specific targets to be achieved under each of these goals.