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| RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION |

| ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT |

| ENGINEERING SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT |

 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION   

                                   

Rural development and poverty alleviation have been the major areas of concern and thrust for the nation since independence. The Community Development Programme consisting of various sets of schemes was launched on 2nd October, 1952 throughout the country with the objective of overall development of rural areas with the active participation of the community. Development Blocks were created and considered pivotal for planning and implementation of various rural development schemes.

Upto the year 1999 self-employment schemes such as IRDP, TRYSEM, DWCRA, SITRA, MWS and GKY were being implemented, but w.e.f. 1.4.99 these schemes were merged into SGSY. Similarly, JGSY and EAS which  were in operation were merged into SGRY w.e.f.1.4.2002.

“Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana” (SGSY) has been launched during the year 1999-2000. This yojana lays emphasis on cluster approach instead of individual beneficiary approach which would enable the beneficiaries to start with viable projects in a joint manner which can bring, higher incomes. This approach will also improve the skills of the poor through an in-built training component, up-gradation of technology, providing adequate backward and forward linkages, availability of  adequate infrastructure and better marketing arrangements.

In order to provide guaranteed wage employment to the needy persons in rural areas, who are willing to do unskilled manual work, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has been launched in all the Districts of State of Himachal Pradesh.

Besides, DPAP/DDP/IWDP, Indira Awas Yojana, Total Sanitation Campaign Projects, National  Social Assistance Programme are the other centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the State.

Panchayati Raj Institutions at various levels are being involved in the planning and execution of poverty alleviation and employment generation programmes so that it is ensured that the benefits under these programmes reach the right person.

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ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

                       

For the implementation of different rural development programmes, Rural Development Department has following administrative structure at various levels:-

 

STATE LEVEL

 

The Department is functioning under the over all control of the Secretary (RD) at the Government level assisted by the Special Secretary(RD) , Additional Director-cum- Additional Secretary (RD) Deputy Director-cum-Deputy Secretary  (RD), Deputy Director (RD), Deputy Director (Stat) Administrative Officer and Statistical Officer (RD)..

 

DISTRICT LEVEL

 

At district level, DRDAs are responsible for the implementation and monitoring of all rural development programmes. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Executive Officer of the DRDA is assisted by the Project Director, Project Officer, APO(SE), APO(Women), APO (Watershed), Project Economist, Superintendent, Statistical Investigator, Senior Assistant, Clerks and Peon DRDA in the execution of various developmental activities Besides this, at district level there is a Governing body of DRDA under the Chairmanship of Zila Parishad. This body is responsible for monitoring of various Rural Development Programmes.

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BLOCK LEVEL

 

At the Block level,  the Block Development Officer is the main catalyst  with the following administrative set up :-

  1. Suprintendent

  2. Junior Engineers

  3. Lady Social Education Organisers ( Mukhiya Sevika )

  4. Social Education & Block Planning Officer

  5. Senior Assistant  

  6. Computer Operator            

  7. Clerk/Steno Typist

  8. Panchayat Secretaries

  9. Gram Rozgar Sewaks (NREGS)

  10. Lady Village Development Coordinator

  11. Driver

  12. Peons

  13. Frash / Chowkidar

Besides the above departmental staff, the following staff from other departments is also functioning under the administrative control of the Block Development Officer with regard to ACRs, tour programmes and casual leave:-

  1. Agriculture Development Officer (Agriculture)

  2. Horticulture Development Officer (Horticulture)

  3. Extension Officer (Co-operative)

  4. Extension Officer (Industries)

  5. Panchayat Inspector

  6. Assistant Development Officer/ Junior Engineer (Soil Conservation)

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ENGINEERING SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT

 

In order to, provide technical guidance for construction works under rural development programmes, additional 3 posts of Executive Engineers, 24 posts of Assistant Engineers and  167 posts of Junior Engineers, 3 posts of Head Drafts-men  and 21 posts of Drafts-men have been created during 1996-97. At State level. Engineering Cell consisting of  Executive Engineer, Assistant Engineer and 2 Junior Engineers and other ministerial  staff have been functioning . As per the norms of the Government, one Junior Engineer has been posted after every 15 Panchayats and one Assistant Engineer has been provided on 6 Junior Engineers. Zonal Offices  at Dharamshala, Mandi and Shimla are functioning with the staff strength of  the Executive Engineer, Superintendent, Senior Assistant, Steno-Typist, Clerk, Driver and Peon.

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