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A woman carries cow dung to prepare dung cakes in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

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Village women carry vessels filled drinking water from a village to their homes due to water crisis in this area at Malda district.

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A village woman collects water from an almost dried up well at a village in Surgana Taluka, around 95 kms from Nasik, Maharashtra.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in group photograph with the youth who have been working in rural areas under Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF) scheme, in New Delhi.

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Grim statistic Fifty-five per cent of all rural families depend on daily wages

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Ratan Tata, chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons limited with N Chandrababu Naidu at a function of adoption of 264 villages under govt of AP and TATA TRUST.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gives OBC certificate to a woman during the inauguration of first village Secretariat at Haibatpur Village in Jind.

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Haryana Rural women at Parliament on Budget Session, in New Delhi.

Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari/ Outlook

Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh speaks to the media after attending the budget session at Parliament House in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan

Village Man talking on phone in Manpura Machedi village, Jaipur District of Rajasthan

Sanjay Rawat

Members of Rural Health Practitioners Association of Assam staging a protest, demanding the regularization of their jobs at Lakhidhar Bora Khetra in Guwahati, Assam.

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Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar performs rituals as he officially adopts the Puttamraju Kandrika village in Nellore district under the Prime Minister's Sansaad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

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Rural trouble Survivors of the tubectomy camp in Bilaspur being treated

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The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation and Panchayati Raj, Nitin Gadkari taking an aerial inspection of the Sethusamudram project site, in Rameswaram.

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Rural touch A woman living on the outskirts of Jaipur reaches out to a dear one

Sanjay Rawat

Nameproud The village Ravana in Vidisha district

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram and G S Sandhu, Secretary, Department of Financial Services during a seminar on Rural Finance, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan

Reaching Out An SVYM doctor at work in a village

Minister of Transport and Rural Development Nitin Gadkari arrives at Parliament, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several members of his cabinet, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, among others, took oath as members of the 16th Lok Sabha today.

Photo by Jitender Gupta

Poor villagers in Gangda panchayat, who live in the shadow of a mine, collect drinking water

Sandipan Chatterjee

Boys bathe with water from a hand pump on World Water Day on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. The U.N. estimates that more than one in six people worldwide do not have access to 20-50 litersof safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

Cherie Blaire wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blaire tries her hand at cleaning pulses during her visit to the Rural Distribution Network India (RUDI) centre in Surendranagar district, Gujarat.

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Cherie Blaire, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blaire tries her hand at packing turmeric powder during her visit to the Rural Distribution Network India (RUDI) centre at Kuda village in Surendranagar district, Gujarat.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Jan Satyagraha leader, P.V. Rajagopal, center right, and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, center left, exchange documents as they sign an agreement in Agra.

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Tribal women dance to celebrate after their leader P.V. Rajagopal, signed a land reform agreement with Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, in Agra. Thousands of poor farmers have ended their march to the capital after the government agreed to formulate a new reform policy, providing land rights to them and fast tracking settlement of their land disputes.

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Farmers resume their "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight their problems after an overnight halt near Morena.

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A sadhu sings and dances along with farmers resuming their "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless farmers, after an overnight halt near Morena.

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Members of rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and tribals, eat on a road at a halting point during "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior. On Tuesday, thousands began the 350 kilometer-long (220 miles) long march to the Indian capital which they plan to cover in one month.

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Members of rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and tribals, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi, to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior. Tens of thousands of farmers began Tuesday the 350 kilometer-long (220 miles) march to the Indian capital which they plan to cover in one month.

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Members of rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, gather before beginning "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of the landless in Gwalior.

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Rural activist KULANDEI FRANCIS, 65, whose work in TN villages with his NGO, IVDP, now helps over 8,000 women self-help groups in three districts, wins the 2012 Magsaysay prize.

Villagers perform rituals during a frog marriage at Akail Pur village in Gazole, north of Kolkata. The villagers believe performing this ritual brings in rain and ensures a good harvest.

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Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh drinks water from a hand-pump to check its quality during a visit to Hivre Bazaar to see developments in rural areas.

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Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh inspects a well during a visit to Hivre Bazaar to see developments in rural areas.

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ASikh warrior, riding on two horses, performs during a rural sports festival, also known as "Indian Rural Olympics", in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. The sports festival features major Punjabi rural sports including Bullock cart race, tug-of-war, tractor race and events for the disabled, among others.

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A villager lifts a bicycle with his teeth as he performs during a rural sports festival, also known as "Indian Rural Olympics", in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. The sports festival features major Punjabi rural sports including Bullock cart race, tug-of-war, tractor race and events for the disabled, among others.

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A villager pulls a car with his teeth during a rural sports festival, also known as "Indian Rural Olympics", in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana.The sports festival features major Punjabi rural sports including Bullock cart race, tug-of-war, tractor race and events for the disabled, among others.

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Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh with Sushil Kumar, the Rs 5 crore Kaun Banega Crorepati jackpot winner, after the latter was selected as the brand ambassador for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act at the national workshop on social audit of the MGNREGS in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla

Countable or not? Survey criteria for the rural poor need correction

Sandipan Chatterjee

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram (C), Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh (L) and Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi during the National Workshop on Appropriate Development Strategies for Effective Implementation of Rural Development Schemes in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh

Say no Villagers at a chakka jam in support of Anna’s campaign

Sanjay Rawat

Protecting the investment The godowns emphasise pest control

Jitender Gupta

Stock-piling A rural godown in Bilaspur, Uttar Pradesh

Jitender Gupta

Brisk trade C.K. Ganguly (Bablu) and Mary Vattamattam with students at the Timbaktu Collective in Chennakothapalli village

Nilotpal Baruah

The listener On tour, U. Sagayam gives audience to women

R.A. Chandroo

New kid A fresh recruit, singled out by a mark, being inducted

Narendra Bisht

Interactive session A B2R employees meet at Orakhan village

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Empowering B2R’s Rekha Bhatt is breaking gender boundaries

Narendra Bisht

Acres green A bird’s eye view of the oasis that is Hivre Bazaar

Apoorva Salkade

Concrete change Baba Ramji Pawar on a well-kept village street

Apoorva Salkade

Change master Sarpanch Popatrao Pawar has transformed Hivre Bazaar village

Apoorva Salkade

Clean plan With handpumps that work and provide potable water, women no longer have to collect water from ponds

Apoorva Salkade

Course work Tejgadh’s LSE for tribals

Apoorva Salkade

Rainy-day plans A grain bank in Watda village, Baroda district

Apoorva Salkade

One of the two 2011 Ramon Magsaysay awardees from India is recognised for 'his passionate and pragmatic efforts to build a social enterprise that brings customized, affordable, and sustainable electricity to India's vast rural population encouraging the poor to become asset creators'

Zoom in Cameraperson Suremma is a 60-plus illiterate Dalit who had never even touched a camera before she was trained by the DDS in Zaheerabad, AP

Sanjay Rawat

The Lalit Lokvani radio station

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A Khabran Ri Potli reporter at work

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Jaishree Nagre, 27, RMA, Ahiwara “For two years, we had no lady doctor, hence no medical-assisted deliveries,” says Dr H.K. Sahu at the Ahiwara hospital. “The RMA now fills that need.”

Jitender Gupta

Manisha Khare, 26, RMA, Kaudikasa “From 71 deliveries in 2010, there were 264 last year. No low birth weight child has been born since I took over.”

Jitender Gupta

Keshav Kannoj, 29 RMA, Khadgaon centre Apart from cases of convulsion, coma, cerebral malaria or delivery complications, which are referred to the CHC, we handle all others.”

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Vishnu Gupta, 28, Rural Medical Assistant, Gotatola, Chhattisgarh “On an average, 25-35 patients come to the OPD. Last year, we handled 234 deliveries as against 64 the year before. Earlier, patients had to go to the nearby community health centre or to the hospital 25 km away.”

Jitender Gupta

Mum No More Bhati Rajput women at a Jaisalmer rally to protest girl child killing

Tribhuvan Tiwari

An odhni screening them from the male shadow

Tribhuvan Tiwari

No Place For girls If women do step out in Devda, it’s only in pairs

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Dimming ray of hope Meenakshi’s children in their Sallan Nagar home

Another view Girls like Pinki worry about the pressures big weddings impose

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Stay out Villagers protest against a liquor vend at a village in Barnala district

Into a Billion Drops Not a few lives are touched by the munificence of the world’s top philanthropists—Bill and Melinda Gates. Here they dangle a child of the Mushar community at Jamsot village, near Patna.

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Vijay Pandey (in white shirt sitting behind, left) with his Shrota Sangathan in Pratapgarh

Nirala Ttripathi

Milky way: A villager drinking fresh camel milk which is healthy and easier to digest

Tribhuvan Tiwari

A villager tying his turban and getting ready for the festival events

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Fair play: Sebastian Lindstrom, Philippa and Alicia Scully of the camel project

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during a visit to his native village Kalyanbigha in Nalanda.

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People ride on a crowded jeep near Lunawada, about 150 kilometers from Ahmedabad. Due to poor transportation facilities in rural areas, people travel in overcrowded jeeps, often causing accidents.

AP Photo/ Ajit Solanki

Children study in the open on the roadside in Bulandshahar, UP

Narendra Bisht

Round figure A circular train ride at Kailashgiri hills in Visakhapatnam

Jitender Gupta

S-‘mall’ town Villagers at ‘Chaupal Sagar’, a mall in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh

Narendra Bisht

To the slave mills Labour contractor/moneylender Navnath Salunkhe

Dinesh Parab

Everyone’s gone Locked doors, a constant reminder at Imampur village, Beed district

Dinesh Parab

The way to dusty... Beed town’s main thoroughfare seems stuck in the ’80s

Dinesh Parab

My Rights Fariha Sayyed with her grandmother and brother at her home in Purkazi

Yasmin Khan at Mohalla Shaherdasan in Purkazi

Jitender Gupta

A foreign tourist shows photographs of villagers taken on her camera at the Pushkar Fair in Ajmer on Sunday.

Govt school students with the unused computer

Jitender Gupta

Children by the primary school

Jitender Gupta

Villagers in the video conference room

Jitender Gupta

Rural buyers in Gosainganj off Lucknow

Nirala Tripathi

Jimmy Carter visiting Daulatpur-Nazirabad village in 1978

Carterpuri: Children rule the dusty lanes of Carterpuri

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Laramada: Life is at a leisurely place

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Good Cinema Fund Soliciting donations in Gorakhpur

Hiff Only Eager girl students line up at the Haryana International Film Festival at the DAV Girl’s College, Yamunanagar

Sanjay Rawat

A villager cycles to work at sunrise in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

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