21st Apr 2017 10:04:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

If majority of India resides in its villages, then technically Arunachal is one vast village, leaving a few, most places across the state are still struggling for basic amenities. Even till date villages do not have access to drinking water, link roads, and health and education facilities. Many central schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) have courted controversy as often beneficiaries do not get its benefits. Similarly, the Public Distribution System in the state has been notorious for its leakages and rampant corruption.

The country has some of the best schemes probably in the world targeting rural communities aimed at ensuring their socio-economic upliftment. However corruptions and pilferage has been the bane of the country. But despite the dismal state of affairs a ray of hope can be seen from the recent development which also proves that much more can be done if we are a more disciplined collective lot.

Thanks to the government’s push to extend nutrition schemes like the Integrated Child Development Services along with better monitoring by a Supreme Court-appointed committee, improve access to health under the National Rural Health Mission, provide access to work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and strengthen the implementation of the Public Distribution System for subsidized grain, the country has been able to show significant progress.

 India has improved its position in the Global Hunger Index. The country climbed eight positions in the index from 63 last year to 55 this year. The proportion of underweight children in India have declined from 45.1 per cent in 2005-6 to a historic low of 30.7 percent last year, new provisional data from a survey conducted by the government and UNICEF shows.

Since the Nehruvian era central government has been trying to make this country more prosperous by launching ambitious programmes, but they fail in successful implementation and reaching to beneficiaries. In a diverse and populous country like India, the government machinery is not fully capable in both the aspects.  A country where farmers still commit suicide, lack of quality education, unutilized demographic dividend and various menace of Indian society – tells a disappointing story that despite the presence of development schemes, India is far behind in creating a harmonious and prosperous society.

Decision makers have known all along that real progress cannot take place without bringing rural communities under its ambit. The best of schemes will fail for lack of public and political will. Inefficiency of government in implementation and secondly, lack of awareness among people are the two main factors which needs to be worked upon to ensure prosperity.



Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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