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Alleviate rural poverty... By Hashim

03 December, 2013

While visiting different rural parts of the country, one can witness that health service coverage and school enrolment at all levels has not improved and access to potable water has not increased. There is no infrastructure expansion; rural community roads have not been constructed. The past and the present governments have not made genuine efforts to address poverty in the rural areas of Pakistan. The rulers, both federal and provincial, are requested to focus on these strategic objectives for rapid growth and development in the rural areas.

Sustaining equitable economic growth, maintaining growth focused on agriculture and rural areas, developing agro-industry, expanding infrastructure, enhancing the expansion and quality of social development, building capacity and promoting good governance and empowerment of women and youth are needed. Apart from this, the provincial governments are required to commit more than 70 percent of their total expenditure to poverty-oriented sectors such as agriculture, education, health, water and road development. However, the governments have to maximise their efforts to bring about pro-poor economic growth to alleviate poverty in rural Pakistan.

HASHIM ABRO
Islamabad

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