Dharmasthala, June 23: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar said that institutions and individuals with integrity should work towards rural development.
Speaking at the tri-decennial celebrations of Shri Kshetra Dharmastala Rural Development Programme, Mr. Shettar said there was lack of hands with integrity, more so in the Government.
He lauded the selfless service of Shri Kshetra Dharmastala Trust and its head Veerendra Heggade for the economic and social development of various sections of society. Mr. Shettar said the trust had worked for the empowerment of women.
The trust and Mr. Heggade had done good service in the field of education and self-employment training.
By taking over the management of 527 rural self-employment training institutes of the Union Rural Development Ministry, the trust could spread its good work across the country, he added.
K. Jayaprakash Hegde, MP, said he was ready to offer funds available under the MP’s Local Area Development Scheme to various activities taken up by the trust under the SKDRDP. Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, and Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh spoke. Mr. Ramesh released a book on SKDRDP written by G.V. Joshi. He distributed dividends to the members of self-help groups under the SKDRDP.