The work advocates the case for voluntarism in the field of rural reconstruction. It argues that the task of rural development can be performed better by voluntary agencies than by government departments. No doubt, the government has funds but it lacks the grassroots. This is precisely why much money has gone down the drain. On the other hand, the voluntary agencies suffer from paucity of funds but possess intimate knowledge of local resources, needs, and problems. As such, the correlation between the two can perhaps remove the lacuna in our rural development programme. However, voluntarism too has its limitations. The study takes a panoramic view of the pros and cons of the approaches and deserves to be heeded by those whose concern is rural development-nay Indiaâ€™s development.
A scholar with a distinguished academic career and recipient of the "outstanding Youngman Award 1977" instituted by the Machilipatnam Jayceess, Dr. I. Satya Sundaram was awarded Ph.D. Degree by the Andhra University in 1982. His Ph.D. thesis, "Anti-poverty Rural Development in India" has recently been published by D.K. Publications, New Delhi. Aged 38, Dr. Sundaram has written six books on education and also Rural Economics for bank employees (CAIIB). He has contributed, besides book review, nearly 4000 articles on current economic, educationa; and social issues to prestigious newpapers and journals including The Scandinavian Journal on Developing Countries, Stockholm, Sweden. Currently, he is teaching post-graduate students at the Hindu College, Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh.