Ministry of Rural Development (India)

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Department overview
Jurisdiction Republic of India
Headquarters Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
Annual budget 105,447.88 crore (US$16 billion) (2017-18 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible

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.


As of May 2008, the Minister in charge of Rural Development was Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ministers of state were Miss Agatha Sangma, Mr. Shishir Adhikari and Mr. Pradeep Jain Aditya.

On 12 July 2011, the Ministry was given over to Jairam Ramesh, an IIT-B graduate.[2][3] 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.[4] Jairam Ramesh himself assumed additional charge of the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.[5]

Shri. Chaudhary Birender Singh was made the Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Panchayati Raj, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation after NDA came to power in May 2014 LokSabha elections. Shri. Sudarshan Bhagat is the present Minister of State for Rural Development.[6]

On 5 July 2016, during the second cabinet reshuffle of the Narendra Modi ministry, Narendra Singh Tomar replaced Chaudhary Birender Singh as the Minister of Rural Development.[7]


The ministry has two departments, Department of Rural Development and Department of Land Resources, each headed by a senior civil servant designated as the Secretary of the Deportment. Mrs Anita Choudhry is the Secretary land Resources and Mr Jugal Kishore Mahapatra, a senior bureaucrat from Odisha is the Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development.

Department of Rural Development[edit]

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 (IAY). It handles the administration of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), and has three autonomous organisations under it:[8]

The Minister of Rural Development is the Chairman of these three organisations and the Secretary of the Ministry is the Vice Chairman. The Minister is currently Mr Chaudhary Birender Singh, and the Secretary is Subrahmanyam Vijay Kumar.[citation needed]

Department of Land Resources[edit]

The Department of Land Resources run three national-level programs:[9]

  • Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)
  • National Land Record Modernisation Programme (NLRMP)
  • Technology Development, Extension & Training Programme (TDET)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Jairam Ramesh — Climate Change Action". Climate Change Action. 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Detailed Profile - Shri Jairam Ramesh - Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Ministry of Rural Development - About". New Delhi: Govt of India. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  5. ^ Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation - Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission, New Delhi: Govt of India, retrieved 2011-08-08 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "No more a people ministry for Birender Singh, now the steel minister". Business Standard. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Overview". Department of Rural Development. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Schemes". Department of Land Resources. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

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