Rural Development in the Present Context

Rural development is defined by the World Bank as a strategy to improve the socio-economic status of rural communities especially the poor. It involves generating opportunities and extending the benefits to rural development, involving the eradication of poverty, increasing income, productivity and quality of life and accessibility of basic amenities for them.

Thus, rural development often involves a variety of sectors. Not only for the infrastructure development and basic amenities but rather more widely in the agricultural credit sector, human capital development as well as those often forgotten or deliberately overlooked which is the information and communication technology sector. Probably not an exaggeration if I say, in the future, ICT will be categorised as one of the basic facilities, replacing water supply, electricity or village roads as of now.