(The Gist of Kurukshetra) RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
India still lives in rural areas. As per Census 2011, rural areas of the
country accommodate 68 per cent of the population. There are 6.4 lakh villages
in lndia and rural areas account for a larger part of the geographical area in
India. Even though urbanization is on fast mode, it is projected that half of
the population still live in rural areas by 2050. Agriculture is the principal
livelihood of rural areas. Agricultural sector and rural areas forms the
backbone of lndian economy. Agricultural sector is not only important for
meeting food supply needs of lndia, but also promotes development of agro based
industries and other industrial sector etc. Rural economy constitutes 46 per
cent of national income and 70 per cent of workforce are residing in India.
Hence, development of these rural areas is necessary for achieving overall and
inclusive development of the country.