Development of rural areas and the rural people has been the primary concern of the economic planning and development process of the country. In the wake of economic liberalization and structural adjustments and in order to provide a safety net, especially for the rural poor, top priority has been accorded to rural development through introduction of new programmes and restructuring of the existing ones. The Ministry of Rural Development is committed to eradicating poverty and hungry from the rural India and to usher in all round development of rural masses. As such there has been a paradigm shift in the policy of rural development, as the rural poor are treated as resource who form an integral part of the development strategy. Accordingly, the Ministry of Rural Development is implementing a number of schemes which aim at:
District Rural Development Agency
Bridging the rural-urban divide In order to ensure rapid development in rural areas, the budgetary support for implementing the various rural development schemes have been increased many folds over the years. Guaranteeing wage employment and ensuring food security. This is sought to be achieved through the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana. Making rural people the arbiter of their own destiny and to provide for economic upliftment by self employment for the development to be in consonance with the people's wishes and aspirations, emphasis is put on participation of people as also social mobilization of rural poor through Self-Help Groups and Panchayat Raj Institutions.