Ministry of Rural Development (India)

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Ministry of Rural Development
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Department overview
JurisdictionRepublic of India
HeadquartersKrishi Bhavan, New Delhi
Annual budget122,398 crore (US$17 billion) (2020-21 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.[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 is headed by a senior civil servant designated as the Secretary of the Department. Anita Choudhry is the secretary of Land Resources and 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 Narendra Singh Tomar, and the Secretary is Subrahmanyam Vijay Kumar.[5]

Department of Land Resources[edit]

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

Ministers: Rural Development[edit]

Name Tenure Political Party Prime Minister
Rao Birendra Singh[7] 20 January 1980 29 January 1983 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
Harinath Mishra
(MoS, Independent Charge)
29 January 1983 02 August 1984
Mohsina Kidwai
(MoS, Independent Charge till 31 October 1984)
02 August 1984 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
Buta Singh 31 December 1984 25 September 1985 Rajiv Gandhi
Upendra Nath Verma 21 April 1990 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
P. V. Narasimha Rao 12 June 1991 11 June 1995 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
Jagannath Mishra
(Minister of Rural Areas and Employment)
11 June 1995 16 May 1996
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 May 1996 01 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu 01 June 1996 19 March 1998 Telugu Desam Party
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
Babagouda Patil
(Minister of Rural Development)
(MoS, Independent Charge)
19 March 1998 13 October 1999 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Sundar Lal Patwa 13 October 1999 30 September 2000
M. Venkaiah Naidu 30 September 2000 01 July 2002
Shanta Kumar 01 July 2002 06 April 2003
Ananth Kumar 06 April 2003 24 May 2003
Kashiram Rana 24 May 2003 22 May 2004
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh 23 May 2004 22 May 2009 Rashtriya Janata Dal
(United Progressive Alliance)
Manmohan Singh
C. P. Joshi 28 May 2009 19 January 2011 Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
Vilasrao Deshmukh 19 January 2011 12 July 2011
Jairam Ramesh 13 July 2011 26 May 2014
Gopinath Munde 26 May 2014 03 June 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi
Nitin Gadkari 03 June 2014 09 November 2014
Birender Singh 09 November 2014 05 July 2016
Narendra Singh Tomar 05 July 2016 Incumbent

Ministers of State[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Union Budget 2020-21 Analysis" (PDF). 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (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. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ "TERI: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development - India".
  6. ^ "Schemes". Department of Land Resources. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Council of Ministers" (PDF).

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