October 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm #1365
“Rural roads are necessary not just for communication but also for linking to big growth centres.” Discuss the role of Infrastructure in poverty eradication.October 19, 2017 at 10:18 am #1405October 19, 2017 at 10:19 am #1406October 19, 2017 at 10:20 am #1407
Sir, Kindly evaluate and provide your valuable feedbackOctober 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm #1408
Earlier goverments used to give lower priority to road infrastructure in poverty eradication programs. A famous politician from one of the underdeveloped states of india remarked while in opposition that the government is not working for poor because they are focusing more on roads and infrastructure while ignoring the farmers. He had said that the villagers who doesn’t have cars have no use for roads, instead government should focus more on PDS.
But after liberalisation the emphasis changed. In 2000 we launched PMGSY.
So, the question is linking these debates and signifying importance of roads in poverty alleviation.
The inability to access jobs and services because of unimproved or expensive road network is an important element of social exclusion which propels poverty. The services like education, health care etc becomes more and more accessible for rural poor.
A reliable and affordable road transport system forms part of the social safety net, enabling trade and employment opportunities in both urban and rural communities since it facilitates the movement of goods and services in all sector of the economy including: tourism, education, health and agriculture among others. Indeed it is a fact that road infrastructure plays a key role in the socioeconomic development of villages.
Many investments in infrastructure are built on the belief that they will lead to poverty reduction and income generation.
When better transport develops it will reduce the transportation cost of raw materials and finished products making products more export competitive. It will lead to overall growth of economy and as economy grows there will be surplus for redistribution.
Your answer is a good one. Only thing is that you could have prioritised the points. Your third point is access to services. It should have been written first because education and health have potential to change everything. Such small small tweaks can make it better. Still it’s over all a good answer.October 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm #1409
Thanku Sir for thr feed backOctober 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm #1411October 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm #1413October 20, 2017 at 10:44 am #1448
UPSC always talks about clarity and brevity. UPSC IAS examiners are senior people who may get bored easily and any slight deviation from the topic can be counter productive.
The issue with the answer you have written is precisely that. The question is asking about the importance of infrastructure in poverty eradication in the context of debate on rural road improvement schemes.
You have written about infrastructure in detail and about the inclusive development issue and need for local plans.
And, in the end the actual answer got crowded out to second page and limited words.
A UPSC IAS examiners may not even read the second page if he is bored and finds the first page off topic. You should be able to catch the imagination of examiners from the first sentence itself to score in UPSC IAS examination.
So, try to rework the answer strategy considering all these in mind.October 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm #1451
sorry sir, for deviating from the topic. I went for against the topic points and thought of bringing for the topic with a good conclusion towards the ends. Thank you sir, for the valuable feedback. Will rectify the mistakes as you have mentioned.
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