Many Indians still live the life I lived in childhood: PM

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New Delhi, Aug 15 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has no regrets over spending first ten years of his life in a remote village where he had to study at night in the dim light of a kerosene lamp.

But he seems to be bit worried about many of the Indians still living a life that he had lived in his childhood more than six decades ago.

''I spent the first ten years of my life in a village that had no electricity, no drinking water supply, no doctor, no roads and no phones. I had to walk many miles to school. I had to study at night in the dim light of a kerosene lamp,'' Dr Singh said in his Independence day speech.

''After independence there has been considerable development in rural areas, yet many of our citizens still live a life that I lived in my childhood.'' Dr Singh said it was his experience with the rural India that helped him to think about the need for building up rural infrastructure.

In this context, he cited the UPA government's flagship programme ''Bharat Nirman'' which seeks to usher in rural development.

''Our Government is committed to transforming rural India. In these four years we have taken important initiatives. I am confident that a new and prosperous India will be built due to our efforts.'' UNI SH SB HS1014

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