Rural Transformation

In this book we identify certain positive trends towards a just and equitable growth, sustainable development, social harmony and democratic culture, as well as negative trends that are, on the other hand, partially neutralizing them.

In the succeeding pages, we identify those actors in the society, category by category, who can manage these changes for themselves, independently, and, also we demonstrate, precisely, to those actors as to how and where they can do it. A number of latest on-going schemes and projects are mentioned only as examples, so as to assess their quantitative imperatives to qualitative potential. A number of persisting vulnerabilities are exposed in comparison with other countries. Perhaps, some of them could be solved in collaboration with them. After all, what is happening to us is not unique. However, probably, we are setting an example of a low-cost model of development.

The hope lies, particularly, in the emerging explosive vitality and audacity of the private sector in a spirit of 'collective capitalism' and the dynamism of the middle classes. Regionalisation of urban amenities is facilitating this process. Similarly, there are modern practices of a new economic culture that are, increasingly, influencing the psycho-social behaviour of the rural people. Access to nontraditional credit mechanisms and insurance policies are just two examples. As we demonstrate on every occasion, in our counfry, we are suffering from not only lack of infrastructure or hardware facilities but also the 'software' of efficient management of the existing resources. The latter deficiency i.e. the management inefficiency deserves our harshest criticism and necessary proposals for suitable action by the civil society as a tax payer and as a consumer. This is valid for both public and private sector activities. Customized measures have to be taken in three directions: creating productive employment for all, professionalising agriculture and bringing urban amenities in rural areas. The issues dealt with are identified and numbered so as   illustrate what is at stake, to explore possible strategies, to identify he actors and, finally, to say to the civil society, in many cases, 'You do it yourself'.

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