Rural Economy: Village development must meet goal of making India $5 trillion economy: Amit Shah

Union Home Secretary Amit Shah said on Sunday village development was essential to meet the goal of turning India into a “$5 trillion economy”. “I firmly believe that the development of the country is not possible without the development of its villages,” Shah said while speaking at the 41st convocation ceremony of the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) here in Gujarat.

Over 250 students received their management degrees in rural management during the ceremony.

“Mahatma Gandhi said that the soul of the country is in our villages and I firmly believe that,” said the Union Minister.

“If the villages are prosperous, self-reliant and with good facilities, the country will be prosperous. It will help achieve the dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Sufficient India) and make India a $5 trillion economy,” he said.

Shah said he is pleased to see that so many students will leave IRMA and work in rural development and administration.

“You will help realize Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. You can work for your personal development, but today, if you faint, you must take an oath that you will also work for the development of our rural areas,” said the Union Minister.

He listed the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for rural development.

The rural managers will play an important role in rural development, Shah said while addressing the function.

The Modi government has set up the Cooperation Ministry, which will contribute to rural development, he added.

IRMA chairman Dilip Rath said their institute, which trains managers to lead cooperative movements in villages, is best placed to be declared a national institute of excellence.

IRMA has already raised this with the government, he said. PTI COR PD GK GK

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