National Rural Road Development Committee


do reflect their high degree of commitment, deep insight and admirable expertise and experience, in the field of rural road development.

My fellow members of the committee and myself most greatfully acknowledge all the encouragement given to us by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayeeji and Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Lal Krishna Advaniji during my presentations to them on this issue in your august presence.

Our sincere thanks are also due to Hon’ble Shri K. C Pant, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Yashwant Sinha, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development Shri Jagmohan, Hon’ble Shri Mohan Dharia, Former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission for giving me their precious time for consultations and offering their valuable suggestion to me in making this report very effective.

May I place on record my special appreciation of and gratitude to Shri Arun Bhatnagar, Secretary, Minister of Rural Development for his keen interest in the proceedings of the committee, his remarkable administrative acumen in grasping the views of various members and his expert advice in seeking their active involvement?

It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the voluntary efforts, dedicated hard work and a tremendous sense of involvement of Shri S.R. Tambe, former Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Vivek Sawant, programme Coordinator, C-DAC and his colleagures Shri Rajeevlochan Phadke, Shri Rushikesh Rajendra, Shri Amit Prakash, Shri Amit Deshmukh and Shri Pradeep Khekare in documenting this comprehensive report in a time-bound manner. I would also like to place on record my sincere appreciation of the inputs received from Shri Prakash Page, eminent Chartered Accountant in formulating the fund flow statement in the report in particular and several recommendations in general.

My sincere thanks are due to Shri P. L. Sanjeeva Reddy, former secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Shri Sudheendra Kulkrani, Advisor, PMO, Shri Alok Shrivastava, Private Secretary, Minister of Rural Development, Shreemati Sudha Pillai, former Joint Secrretary, Rural Development, Shri J. S. Sharma, Joint Secretary, Rural Development, Shreemati Babni Lal, Deputy Secretary, Shri Sunil Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Shri Dominic Xavier, Shri Govindaswamy and all their colleagues in Rural Development Department for their expert guidance and wholehearted facilitation support to the Committee.

I also sincerely acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of my colleagues Shri Prakash Deshpande and Shri Sudhir Dive for all support given by them in coordinating the entire work of the committee.

May I request you to kindly pursue with the Government of India and persuade them to accept this report and the recommendations therein and initiate the necessary steps for the implementations of the same on a high priority and with utmost urgency to meet the aspirations of millions of rural countrymen languishing in prolonged and tragic isolation?

With warm personal regards,

Sincerely yours,