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Lack of access to basic services key issue during NDP consultations

Lack of access to basic services in both rural and urban areas was the key issue raised during the National Development Plan (NDP) consultations. Strategic Planning Deputy Secretary Mr Krishna Prasad said: “In rural areas lack of services included water, electricity, telecommunications, financial and technical services. Lack of access to education and health were common […]

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January 22, 2016 9:29 am

Lack of access to basic services in both rural and urban areas was the key issue raised during the National Development Plan (NDP) consultations.

Strategic Planning Deputy Secretary Mr Krishna Prasad said:

“In rural areas lack of services included water, electricity, telecommunications, financial and technical services. Lack of access to education and health were common issues raised in rural as well as urban areas, together with lack of emergency response from police and ambulance. People also raised concerns on the lack of feedback on applications submitted to public service sectors,” Mr Prasad said.

He said infrastructure development requests were also submitted ranging from roads, bridges, jetties, health centres and nursing stations, which have been included in the draft 5-year and 20-year NDP.

“Overall in terms of economic growth review, we have had sustainable growth over the last 4-5 years. Growth of about 4 per cent was recorded and now the challenge is to maintain the momentum. On the social front, we are on track to achieve five out of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“The challenge is to maintain momentum in private sector investment and employment creation to reduce poverty in the 5-year period. The areas that will be included in the 5-year plan are improving access to water, basic needs, housing, food and energy. Efforts towards building a modern hub will continue,” Mr Prasad added.

The Ministry of Strategic Planning has, since June last year, held 730 meetings during public consultations on the plan.

The draft NDP is expected to be finalised in April this year.

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