Ministry of Rural Development (India)
The Ministry of Rural Development, a branch of the Government of India, is entrusted with the task of accelerating the socio-economic development of rural India. Its focus is on health, education, drinking water, housing and roads.
On 12 July 2011, the Ministry was given over to Jairam Ramesh, an IIT-B graduate. On 13 July 2011 the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation was separated from the Ministry of Rural Development and named the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitaton. Jairam Ramesh himself assumed additional charge of the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
The ministry has two departments, Department of Rural Development and Department of Land Resources.
Department of Rural Development
The department run three national-level schemes: Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for rural roads development, Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) rural emploment and for rural housing, Indira Awaas Yojana). It handles the administration of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), and has three autonomous organizations under it:
- Council of Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)
- National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD)
- National Rural Road Development Agency (NRRDA)
Department of Land Resources
The Department of Land Resources run three national-level programs:
- Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)
- National Land Record Modernisation Programme (NLRMP)
- Technology Development, Extension & Training Programme (TDET)
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