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Indias economic growth not fully reflected in the quality of life: Kalam

President A.P.J.Abdul kalam on Monday said that while he was happy to know that Indian economy is in the ascent phase and the countrys Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing at nearly nine percent per annum, economic growth was not fully reflected in the quality of life of large number of people, particularly in the rural areas and even in urban areas.

New Delhi, May 28 : President A.P.J.Abdul kalam on Monday said that while he was happy to know that Indian economy is in the ascent phase and the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing at nearly nine percent per annum, economic growth was not fully reflected in the quality of life of large number of people, particularly in the rural areas and even in urban areas.

Addressing members and guests at a function to inaugurate the India Development Market Place 2007at the World Bank's New Delhi office, Kalam said efforts should be made for the "progressive reduction" of people living below the poverty line within the next 13 years, removing social inequities and encouraging a spirit of working together for the greater good.

"The World Bank, in partnership with Governments, is developing strategies to meet the development agenda of the nations. We (India) have evolved what is called "National Prosperity Index (NPI)" which is a summation of (a) Annual growth rate of GDP; - plus (b) improvement in quality of life of the people, particularly those living below poverty line plus (c) the adoption of value system derived from our civilizational heritage in every walk of life which is unique to India. That is NPI=a+b+c," he said.

"Progressive reduction from 220 million people who are present living below poverty line to near zero by 2020 by increasing their quality of life in terms of food, shelter, water, energy, infrastructure, education and health will be the indicators of the growth of 'b' in percentage.'C' is a function of promoting joint family system, creation of a spirit of working together, leading a righteous way of life, removing social inequities, and above all promoting a conflict free, harmonious society. The social status and civilizational heritage of societies being served is considered as an important component for integrated development," he added.

He said his interest in participating in this meeting arose from the focus of the programme towards sustainable rural development in India.

He said that he was happy to note that out of the 20 innovations selected in India Development Marketplace-2004 (IDM-2004), in which he had participated, two of them had found a place in Monday's exhibition -- one pertaining to dew harvesting for drinking water in coastal Gujarat and second being the Assam's River Network Harnessing System for providing a medical delivery system to isolated regions.

Urging the World Bank to actively study the inovative practices conceived and reported by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Kalam said the bank could then "select a few that has potential to make a change in the life of the rural people."

"This approach will facilitate finding of solutions for rural problems in a natural way by keeping the local conditions in mind," he added.

He also spoke about his pet social tranformation project -- "Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) and its effect in areas like Vallam in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur District, in all the 65 villages in the Periyar PURA rural cluster and in Gumoria village in Assam, besides other places across the country.

"I have shared these experiences only to emphasize the need for World Bank to have a data base on development needs of a particular region through State machinery and also private agencies. This data base may assist World Bank to decide the choice of area of work for meeting the development agenda of a particular rural area," Kalam said in conclusion.

ANI

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