18 OCT,2020 | MEDC
Pushing rural communities to meet the government’s set of visions and goals might not create much impact on rural lives. But, if community members express what they really need and then set their own goals and timelines for their village’s socioeconomic development agenda, an empowerment process has truly begun. This is probably what (late) Prof. D R Gadgil had in mind when he started the cooperative movement in rural Maharashtra. Forging partnerships with various other stakeholders also matters, but ensuring that locals have a firm sense of project ownership is the secret to achieve success in almost any rural endeavour. The key aspects of holistic development are interlinked and interdependent. They include water and sanitation, health and nutrition, and education and economic freedom. Ultimately, no matter how complicated it is to create, a 360-degree model of holistic development is the only sustainable hope for rural India.
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