Rural roads take workers away from agriculture
- Roads built under the PMGSY were expected to transform agriculture in villages. Instead, they help workers leave farming to take on other jobs, a study suggests
In 2000, the Centre had hoped that “all-weather" roads built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) would transform India’s villages. The scheme was expected to boost agricultural incomes and jobs. But improved road connectivity has ended up having a negative effect on agriculture, with workers finding it easier to move out of farming, a recent paper suggests.
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