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Corruption, economic disparities hindering progress: Venkaiah‘Development has to be decentralised to check migration to cities’

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed regret that corruption and economic disparities continue to hamper the country’s progress even after seven decades of Independence.

He has also stated that caste discrimination and atrocities against women remain issues of major concern.

“India has thus far achieved commendable growth, but it is not adequate to bridge the urban-rural divide. Mass migrations have to be stopped and agriculture should be given the requisite support. Otherwise, a day may come when there will be no one left to do agriculture. All these things should be deftly handled,” he observed.

Participating as chief guest during the second anniversary celebrations of the Swarna Bharat Trust’s Vijayawada chapter at Atkur here on Sunday, Mr. Naidu said development had to be decentralised if people were to be prevented from permanently shifting to the cities.

What successive governments, whether they were led by the BJP or the Congress, had achieved over the years were a far cry from the mammoth tasks on hand.

‘Make farming profitable’

Particularly, agriculture should be made profitable, which warranted drawing up of proper plans and a pragmatic approach to their implementation over the next decade and a half.

He also insisted that the political parties should devote enough time to serving the people, which ought to be their ultimate goal.

Mr. Naidu said that he suggested Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to give due importance to the development of all the regions in order to strike the right balance between the cities and villages, lest a feeling of discontentment should start brewing among different sections at this juncture.

Thrust areas

Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao said uplifting the plight of the farmers, capacity-building of youth, and protection and empowerment of women should be top priorities of the governments.

Supreme Court Judge Justice Lavu Nageswara Rao, Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas, SBT managing trustee I. Deepa Venkat, actor Venkatesh, and MLA V. Vamsi Mohan were among those present.