ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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RAJASTHAN-Developing the Desert

late shown keen interest in the development of the dry areas which cover nearly three-fourth of the state's territory. Though measures to develop these areas had always figured prominently in state plans, in terms of concrete steps hardly anything worthwhile was done. The tardy progress of the Rajasthan canal project, which could be the single most important measure for the permanent elimination of drought and scarcity and could ensure rapid development of the driest parts of the state, is well known. Every second or third year the target dates for completion of the project are extended and the cost estimates too get revised upward. It has even been alleged that the government has developed a vested interest in the backwardness of the area and its vulnerability to frequent droughts.

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