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Rural Works Programme-Where It Has Gone Astray

The rural works programme, which is about to be given a big push and for which Rs 50 crores have been provided under the Fourth Plan, is by no means a newly conceived idea. It was initiated as early as in 1961 "to utilise to the fullest extent possible the manpower resources of the country and to ensure a substantial expansion in employment opportunities". The programme was a recognised failure Clearly, therefore, not any programme, least of all the one we have had so far, will serve the professed purpose henceforth. Lessons have to be learnt from past experience and failures.
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