Cost-effective technology that benefits the poor needed'Development should touch all sections of society or else it would hinder growth, said M.K. Muneer, Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayats, here on June 03, 2011. Speaking after inaugurating the first annual international conference on ‘Society, Technology and Sustainable Development, organised jointly by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the New York University, the Minister said that lack of clean drinking water, infant mortality and poor housing continue to be major problems in society.