Anand: People in rural areas are now
not merely dependent on agriculture but have alternatives for
earning livelihood, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi
today said here.
He was speaking in a meeting discussing challenges
confronting India`s rural sector, at the Institute of Rural
Management, Anand (IRMA) here.
Some people in rural areas live better life than those
in the urban areas, he added.
"Gandhi was here as a participant for a consultation
on the theme, "The Challenges of Negotiating India`s Rural
Transformation: Evolving strategies for IRMA`s Response",
Chief Administrative Officer, IRMA, Poonam Patel said.
The other participants at the two-day consultation
that ended today included Prof Abhijit Sen, Member of Planning
Commission, Prof S Parasuraman, Director, TISS, and other
experts working in the rural sector.
According to sources, Rahul spoke about how there was
a need to leave behind the old concepts of rural development.
During interaction among participants, Rahul said that
the rural and urban areas are going through a major
transformation and more people from the rural areas are moving
towards urban centres.