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Mobile telephony spurs growth in villages: experts

Spread of mobile telephones and better roads in the past decade has fuelled growth in rural India, inhabited by 800 million people and a market worth $425 billion, experts noted at a meet on Wednesday.They said the thrust should now be on developing basic infrastructure and providing more services, especially in the new census towns.

'The spread of mobile telephones, better road connectivity in the past decade and doubling of the number of people attending schools have contributed significantly to the development of rural India,' said Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen.

Addressing a Confederation of Indian Industry meet on 'Rural Services – The Next Growth Enabler', Sen said the government and the private sector should now focus on developing infrastructure and providing services in the new census towns that have come up near the cities but are technically covered under the various rural development schemes.

'PURA [provision of urban amenities in rural areas] scheme of the government should focus on new census towns that have developed near the cities as they technically come under rural growth programmes,' said Sen.
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