DISTRICT RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) has traditionally
been the principal organ at the District level to oversee the
implementation of different anti poverty programmes. In the
context of the requests from the States to review the
administrative costs admissible to the DRDAs, an
inter-Ministerial Committee was constituted in February, 1997,
under the Chairmanship of Shri M. Shankar, Additional Secretary
and Financial Advisor of the erstwhile Ministry of Rural Areas
and Employment to review the support for administrative costs
permitted under various programmes of the Ministry. On the basis
of the recommendations of this Committee, a Centrally Sponsored
Scheme for strengthening of DRDA Administration was launched
w.e.f. 1.4.99. With this, a separate provision has been made to
meet the administrative expenses of the DRDAs.
District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is a
principal organ at the District level to manage and oversee the
implementation of different anti-poverty programmes of the
Ministry of Rural Development. Since its inception the
administrative cost of the DRDAs was met by setting apart a
certain percentage of the allocation from each programme.
However, keeping in view the need for an effective agency at the
District Level to co-ordinate the anti-poverty programmes, a new
Centrally Sponsored Scheme for strengthening the DRDAs was
introduced w.e.f 1st April 1999. Under this scheme, the staff
costs of DRDA establishments are met by the Central and State
Government in the ratio of 75:25.
The primary objective of the Scheme of DRDA
Administration is to professionalise the DRDA so that they are
able to effectively manage the anti-poverty programmes of the
Ministry of Rural Development and interact effectively with
other agencies. The DRDAs are expected to coordinate effectively
with the line departments, the Panchayat Raj institutions, the
banks and other financial institutions, the NGOs as well as
technical institutions with a view to gathering support and
resources required for poverty reduction effort in the district.
The DRDA would be headed by a Project Director, who should
be of the rank of an Additional District Magistrate, in
respect of such States where DRDA does not have a separate
identity, a cell will be created in the Zilla Parishad to
maintain a separate account so that these are capable of
being audited separately
Role of DRDA will be to facilitate the implementation of the
Programmes, to supervise/oversee and monitor the progress,
to receive and send progress report and maintaining accounts
of funds received for various rural development programmes.
DRDAs also need to develop synergies among different
agencies for the most effective results.
The DRDAs are expected to deal only with the anti-poverty
programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. If DRDAs
are entrusted with programmes of other Ministries or those
of the State governments, it should be ensured that these
have a definite anti-poverty focus.
The Chairman Zilla Parishad would be the chairman of the
Governing Body of the DRDA. The DRDA shall also have an
The Staffing structure of the DRDAs includes positons for
planning for poverty alleviation, project formulation,
social organization and capacity building, gender concerns,
engineering supervision and quality control, project
monitoring, accounting and audit functions as well as
evaluation and impact studies.
DRDA have the following wings:
Self – employment Wing:
Wage employment Wing:
Monitoring and Evaluation Wing: and
General Administration Wing:
Category B District (6-10 blocks) Rs.57lakhs
Category C District (11-15 blocks) Rs.65lakhs
Category D District (>15 blocks) Rs.67lakhs
The above limits are applicable from the year 1999-2000.
This ceiling will be raised every year, on a compounding
basis, up to 5% to set off the increases due to inflation,
etc. While the States follow their own salary structure, the
ceiling indicated above would be strictly adhered to. Any
increase over and above the ceiling would be met entirely by
the State Government concerned.