About 96% of India’s geographical area is covered by villages.
Investments in environmental protection, rural infrastructure and in rural health and education are critical to sustainable rural development and can enhance national well-being.
Sustainable rural development is vital to the economic, social and environmental viability of nations.
It is essential for poverty eradication since global poverty is overwhelmingly rural.
The success of sustainable rural development depends on, inter alia, developing and implementing comprehensive strategies for dealing with climate change, drought, desertification and natural disaster.
Related actions include: (a) Promoting poverty eradication in rural areas; (b) Promoting pro-poor planning and budgeting at the national and local levels; (c) Addressing basic needs and enhancing provision of and access to services as a precursor to improve livelihoods and as an enabling factor of people?