The Ministry of Rural Development with support from the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) today released a report “ Greening Rural Development in India”. The report presents strategies for inclusive rural development embodying the principles of environmental sustainability. Addressing the media, the minister for Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh said here that the report assumes significance in the light of the 12th Five Year Plan, which has as its objective, “faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth”. He said that environmental issues should not remain the concern of the ministry of environment and forests alone but it has to be mainstreamed in the overall development process.
The report “Greening Rural Development in India” was released jointly by Rural Development Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh, Environment and Forests Minister Ms Jayanthi Natarajan and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Shri Montek Ahluwalia at the press conference.
As per the strategies suggested in the report, the Ministry should have a dedicated green cell to enable it to guide environmental friendly objectives through various schemes in villages. It should also allow institutions to adopt creative and innovative approaches to meet them. Shri Ramesh said with an annual budget of around Rs 75,000 crore, the Rural Development Ministry`s Schemes have an immense potential to contribute to the goal of sustainable poverty reduction and efficient use of natural resources.