India and ADB: Partnering for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

India and ADB: Partnering for

Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

India on the Move

Balachand Rabha, 38, is a young

entrepreneur who works to support

his wife and three children. At

present, he owns a poultry farm in

Bathan, which was once, despite

being just 5 kilometers (km) from

the national highway, an isolated

village in the Kamrup district of


Balachand recalls that 5 years

ago, when a rough, stony path

connected Bathan with the national

highway, 35%–40% of the eggs

would break on the way from the

poultry farm to the market, resulting

in a significant loss of income.

Now, the newly constructed road

enables him to cycle the eggs to

the market without any spoilage.

This improved connectivity has

increased his income at least

twofold. Today, Bathan has become

a poultry hub with approximately

200 poultry farms, and accessibility

to the market has helped many

who own or work at nearby poultry

farms. Balachand’s family is among

the millions whose lives have been

positively impacted by the Asian

Development Bank (ADB).

ADB operations in India resulted

in the construction of all-weather

roads in Bathan under the Rural

Roads Sector II Investment Program

that complements the Government

of India’s “Pradhan Mantri Gram

Sadak Yojana” (PMGSY).1


roads have increased people’s

access to services, such as health,

education, and livelihood, which

have a long-term positive impact

on poverty reduction and standard

of living.

The PMGSY is one among many

development programs—National

Rural Employment Guarantee

Programme, National Rural Health

Mission, Mid-Day Meal, and Sarva

Shiksha Abhiyan—launched by the

government to accelerate economic

growth and to reduce poverty by


India and ADB: Partnering

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