13-DEC-2016: Prof S P Singh, Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee recently delivered a lecture as a resource person during the on-going Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) sponsored two-week winter course on 'Rural Planning and Management: Application of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System' at the Department of Economics, Aligarh Muslim University.
Speaking on 'Diversification of rural economy; non farm sector, rural industrialization and rural services', Prof Singh discussed challenges to rural development and developing synergies between agriculture modernization and diversification of rural economy.
He emphasized on activities like innovation in rural tourism, services, renewable and green economy as tools of creating rural livelihood.
Prof Singh mentioned that rural youth in India is abandoning farming and this trend will drive diversification of rural economy and farm mechanization.
He highlighted that the majority of rural house-holds are engaged in construction activities. "Thus the government's focus should be in developing more regular kind of activities in manufacturing, wholesale, retail trade services, transport, communication and financial services," said Prof Singh.
He pointed out that India needs region specific and sector specific policy interventions.
"We need huge investment in infrastructure, education, health, power, agriculture, water and research and development," further pointed out Prof Singh.
Speaking on the demonetization and cashless economy campaign of the government, Prof Singh said that the whole economy is going down and there is a huge amount of wastage of hours by standing in bank and ATM queues.