Ministry of Rural Development (India)

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Ministry of Rural Development
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Department overview
Jurisdiction Republic of India
Headquarters Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
Annual budget 105,447.88 crore (US$15 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.

NDA came to power in May 2014 LokSabha elections. Shri. Sudarshan Bhagat is t[2]

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.[3]


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 employment and for rural housing, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana It handles the administration of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), and has three autonomous organisations under it:[4]

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.[5]

Department of Land Resources[edit]

The Department of Land Resources run three national-level programs:[6]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Budget data" (PDF). 2019.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "No more a people ministry for Birender Singh, now the steel minister". Business Standard. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Overview". Department of Rural Development. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  5. ^ "TERI: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development - India".
  6. ^ "Schemes". Department of Land Resources. Retrieved 2014-01-14.

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