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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Union Minister for Rural Development, Dr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, has said the Central allocation for rural development in the State will be raised with effect from the next year.

The Minister said this while inaugurating the zonal office of the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (Capart), an autonomous agency under the Ministry. The Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, presided over the function. The Union Minister also formally handed over to the latter Capart's new approach paper.

At least 10 lakh people in the State will be given training in self-employment. The services of non-government organisations will be utilised for the purpose at the rate of one for every 2,000 people, the Union Minister said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 22, 2005)
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