District Rural Development Agency (DRDA)
|Fig: Project Director, DRDA
The District Rural Development Agency, North Garo Hills, Resubelpara, carved out of erstwhile, DRDA, East Garo Hills, Williamnagar is a society
registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 on 5th of September, 2012, and is governed by existing rules and procedures of Community &
Rural Development, Government of Meghalaya and Government of India.
DRDA has traditionally been the principal organ at the district level to oversee the implementation of anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry of
Rural Development. This agency was created originally to implement the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP). Subsequently the DRDAs were
entrusted with number of programmes of both state and central governments.
Rural development and poverty alleviation programmes are implemented on a decentralized basis, keeping in view the large geographical areas, the
administrative requirements and the need to involve grassroots-level officials and the community in the implementation of the programmes. At the
central level the Ministry of Rural Areas & Employment has been co-ordinating the implementation of these programmes. The Ministry is responsible
for the release of central share of funds, policy formulation, overall guidance, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes. At the State level
Secretary, Community and Rural Development and the Director of Community and Rural Development are overall incharge for implementation of the rural
development programmes. At the District level, the programmes are implemented through the DRDAs (District Rural Development Agencies).
The governing body of DRDA includes Members of Parliament (MPs), Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs), District level officials of Development
Departments, Bankers, NGO's and representatives of weaker sections of the society. The Deputy Commissioner is the Chairman of the Governing Body
and the Project Director is the Member Secretary. At the block level the Block Development Committee, Block Development Officers and at the
village level, village level workers are responsible for implementation of the Programme. The Governing body at the district level provides
guidance and directions to DRDA.
Many Schemes of the Central and State Governments are introduced from time to time. Several schemes are available providing support to
different components of Rural Development. Schemes are also periodically modified to reflect the experience over the years. The task of
DRDA has been to identify the needs of the rural population and reach the appropriate schemes where they are needed. In implementing the
schemes, the role of the DRDA has been technical, managerial and financial. Thus DRDA is not only a body to monitor the funds for the schemes
but also provide appropriate managerial and technical support.
In order to ensure proper implementation of the programmes at the grass roots Ministry of Rural Development has evolved a comprehensive
system of Monitoring and Evaluation and professional agencies are made use of in this. Regular monitoring of the programmes are done to assess
the physical and financial progress. Concurrent evaluation is conducted periodically to streamline the implementation and improve the delivery
systems. The Monitoring and Evaluation programme includes Progress Reports, Financial Statements, Intensive Inspection by officers of the central
and state governments, Parliamentary Committees and research studies on specific areas.
Community & Rural Blocks under the Agency
At present there are 2(two) Blocks under the DRDA, North Garo Hills District, Resubelpara:-
1. Resubelpara Development Block
2. Kharkutta Development Block
Shri. L. C. Marak, MCS
Project Director, DRDA &
Addl. Deputy Commissioner
North Garo Hills, Resubelpara