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PM's Rural Roads Project to be completed in 4 years: Govt

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Feb 24 (UNI) Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today said in the Lok Sabha that the Government has decided to complete the rural roads network under the Prime Minister's Rural Roads project within next four years with village popoulation of 1,000 persons for plains areas and 500 for hilly areas.

The Government will take up the rural road project connecting the hilly village population upto 250 after the completion of phase one, the Minister said in response to Mr Bachhi Singh Rawat (BJP) during the debate on a private member's resolution on the steps for balanced and equitable development of all parts of the country.

Mr Rawat, while speaking on the resolution, urged the government to restore the condition of connecting the 250 population hilly villages with the rural road project, which was launched by the NDA Government.

Almost all members have expressed their concern over the regional imbalances created by the lack of development of different parts of the country and urged upon the government to take urgent steps for the balanced and equitable growth of different parts of the country.

Participating in the resumed debate, Mr Sarbananda Sonowal (AGP) said that the Armed Forces Act should be withdrawn from Assam. He said that while IDMT Act was scrapped by the Supreme Court, it was unfortunate that the Centre is considering to amend the Foreigners Act.

Mr Lal Singh (Congress) said that even in the state balanced development had not taken place because of political reasons. He wants reservation for the creamy layer should be withdrawn and it should be extended for the people of rural areas.

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