The Rural Development Capital Network (RDCN) is a group of urban and rural development networks that is focused on promoting urban development and rural economies.
It is a global network of local and regional development partners working together to deliver projects and deliver outcomes in the areas of agriculture, food, housing, infrastructure, healthcare and transport.
In India, the RDCN has launched projects in the fields of agri-food, food security, food and rural health.
According to the RCC, the network’s key mission is to provide the best possible support for local agriculture, with the objective to increase the rural sector’s capacity to meet the challenges of the times.
The group’s key projects include Gopal Goyal-led RDCK project in Jodhpur, Uttar Pradesh, which has already been awarded $20 million from the UPA government for the irrigation project.
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The project, which was announced by the Prime Minister in 2015, will increase agricultural production by over 10 percent by 2019.
“The government has committed to invest Rs 1.5 lakh crore over the next 10 years to rural and urban development projects,” RDC NITI Aayog spokesperson, Ravi Gupta, said.
Goyal-funded projects have already been announced for cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
While the government is not yet finalising its investment, the initial goal is to invest around $6 billion for rural and agri development projects across India.
This will increase India’s rural population by about 30 percent to 1.25 billion, according to the NITIs own data.
With the ROCN network, India is the first country in the world to launch a project to address the issues of urbanisation and rural economy, Gupta said.
“Our goal is for India to become the world’s largest urban and agrarian hub by 2022.
By that time, we believe that we can build a new infrastructure infrastructure that is sustainable and sustainable rural economies can grow,” Gupta said, adding that RDC Network projects are being implemented in over 70 cities across India and across the globe.
However, despite the large investment, there is a lack of rural connectivity.
As per the NDA government, the NDCN plans to invest about Rs 1 lakh crore in urban and regional cities by 2022, including Rs 3,000 billion in Delhi.
For rural development, the plan is to ensure that the rural economy has access to all essential infrastructure like electricity, water, road and sanitation.
To improve rural infrastructure, the government has set up rural development banks and also set up regional development banks to manage projects in rural areas.
Another major project, the Rs 10,000-crore Pamputai project, will see the completion of a massive water project at a cost of Rs 20,000 crores.
Apart from rural development and irrigation projects, the rural development bank also aims to implement infrastructure like solar power, clean water, clean air, land recharge and power supply for rural communities, Gupta added.
India has the highest per capita rural poverty rate in the developing world.
A study by the World Bank, released in 2016, highlighted that there are over 100 million people living in poverty in India, with nearly three out of every four Indians living below the poverty line.
But, India has the third-highest rural employment rate in Asia, after China and Vietnam.
Source Medical News Today