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PM calls for implementing

PM said the country should focus on agriculture, drinking water and the electrification of villages.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2006 14:14 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the state governments should lay more emphasis on integration of rural India with the economic development of the country by focusing on agriculture, drinking water and electrification of villages.

Expressing concern over the current growth rate of agriculture at the inaugural session of a two-day conclave of chief ministers of 14 Congress-ruled states, he asked the states to make special efforts to ensure that schemes chalked out under Bharat Nirman programme for uplift of rural India were effectively implemented.

Noting that targets set under Bharat Nirman programme had exceeded in the first year of its implementation, he cautioned the main challenges lay in the next two years.

First Published: Sep 23, 2006 14:01 IST