Four broad types of studies on rural development and bioenergy technologies are identified. Within these four types, this discussion paper presents a number of existing studies which are most relevant in the context of developing a research focus on the role, feasibility and issues associated with bioenergy, and in particular biofuels, as engine for rural development in developing countries.

This paper analyses the current status of rural renewable energy in China and India, develops and employs an analysis framework to study the environment, channels, instruments and innovative mechanisms of financing rural renewable energy in China and India, and makes a primary comparison.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has said that his government is committed for the welfare of needy and poor people and is giving a priority to the development of rural areas.

BARPETA, March 18

Tripura Governor D N Sahaya has assured that the newly formed Left Front Government in Tripura would give utmost importance to eradication of poverty and improvement of overall socioeconomic condition

A five-day Afro-Asian workshop on Innovative Micro-credit Delivery Systems for Rural Poverty Alleviation began at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla yesterday.

Minister-designate for local government and rural development, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, has said that the new provincial government will ensure obtaining its hydel net profit and due share of the revenue

6,630 houses constructed for homeless families The Haryana Rural Development Department has spent Rs.175.14 crore so far for the welfare of Below Poverty line (BPL) families and creation of community assets and infrastructure in the villages, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Rural Development) Urvashi Gulati said on Saturday. In a video-conference with the Additional Deputy Commissioners of the districts, she directed them to ensure full use of the funds and to achieve the set targets. She disclosed that 6,630 houses had been constructed for homeless families while 801 houses were under construction under the Indira Awaas Yojna. Income generating assets had been provided to 9,746 BPL families to ensure self-employment. To implement the Haryana Government's decision to provide 100 square yard plots to all eligible families, all the Deputy Commissioners had issued directions to identify the land by this coming March 15 and to invite applications for allotment by March 31. Ms. Gulati said 1,237 development works had been undertaken to achieve soil conservation, land development and plantation under the Watershed Development Programme. Reviewing rural development schemes with the Additional Deputy Commissioners, she advised them to claim additional funds from the Central Government under Central Sector schemes.