The present book provides an exhaustive, descriptive, and analytical account of policies and programmes for development of agriculture and rural areas in India since Independence in 1947. The book contains 25 chapters which have been organized into 2 parts. Part I (chapters 1 to 15) is titled Agriculture and Allied Sectors. It provides glimpses of Indian agriculture during the British rule, role of agriculture in the Indian economy, recent legislative measures for agricultural sector, land reforms, agricultural inputs, agricultural marketing, plantation and horticulture, agricultural exports and imports, agriculture and information technology (IT), gender issues in agriculture, climate change and Indian agriculture, and various other topics related to agriculture and allied activities. Part II (chapters 16 to 25) is titled Rural Infrastructure and Development. It explains and examines rural industries, rural financial inclusion, MGNREGS, rural housing, rural transport and communications, rural electrification and water supply, rural health and sanitation, and other topics related to rural development.
About the Author
Dr. Yashvir Singh was Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Government of India; Chairman of Kisan Kamgar Sammelan and Vice-Chairman of Kisan Trust of India, New Delhi. He holds B.Sc. degree in Biology, M.Sc. in Plant Science (Botany), M.Phil. in Plant Science, and Ph.D. in Plant Genetics (Biotechnology). Dr. Yashvir was a member of High Powered Committee on Rural Lending, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and member of Advisory Council of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).