Reducing the dependence of rural masses on agriculture will help improve the overall income of the rural population
Around two-thirds of India’s population is in rural areas and a large proportion of this population lives in abject poverty. According to the ICE 360° Household Survey conducted in 2016, of the bottom 20% of India’s income quintile, 89% live in rural areas. There is an urgent need to improve the economic scenario in rural India to have a sustainable and robust growth model for the country as a whole. The recent assembly election results in Saurashtra reiterate the need for the government to focus on rural India.