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`Make villages self-sustaining to check migration'

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KANCHEEPURAM, AUG. 26. Even after creation of adequate basic infrastructure in rural areas, migration of people to urban areas still persists, the Collector, R. Venkatesan, observed today.

Inaugurating a seminar on `challenges in rural business management' (to be held in Chennai on August 27 and 28) organised by the Voluntary Health, Education and Rural Development Society (VHERDS) here, the Collector said that out of the 28 lakh population in the district about 45 per cent of people still live in rural areas. Adequate infrastructure to take care of drinking water supply, transportation and education needs of rural people have been provided.

However, still more number of people in rural areas were living below poverty line. ``This may be a cause for migration,'' he said. Efforts were being taken to check this tendency among people to move to urban areas by creating supporting facilities in rural area itself.

The Collector said proper planning was required to achieve the goal of `PURA' (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), a scheme initiated by the President.

The HUDCO Chairman and Managing Director, P.S. Rana, said by the middle of this century urban centres might not be able to cope with the increased population. A rough estimate indicated that if migration continued the urban population, which is now at 30 crores, might double. The only way out to check this would be to make rural areas self-sustained.

The Kanchi Acharya, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, called upon the people to extend their cooperation to PURA, aimed at reducing the gap between villages and towns in terms of basic facilities and standard of life.

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