District Rural Development Agency
DISTRICT RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
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 (DRDA) is a principal organ at the District level to manage and oversee the implementation of different anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. Since its inception the administrative cost of the DRDAs was met by setting apart a certain percentage of the allocation from each programme. However, keeping in view the need for an effective agency at the District Level to co-ordinate the anti-poverty programmes, a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme for strengthening the DRDAs was introduced w.e.f 1st April 1999. Under this scheme, the staff costs of DRDA establishments are met by the Central and State Government in the ratio of 75:25.
The primary objective of the Scheme of DRDA Administration is to professionalise the DRDA so that they are able to effectively manage the anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development and interact effectively with other agencies. The DRDAs are expected to coordinate effectively with the line departments, the Panchayat Raj institutions, the banks and other financial institutions, the NGOs as well as technical institutions with a view to gathering support and resources required for poverty reduction effort in the district.
DRDA have the following wings:
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