District Rural Development Agency – Dahod

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Dahod District is located in Gujarat state in western India.. Dahod District has came in to existence after the division of Panchmahal District on 2/10/1997. This district is bounded by Panchmahal District to the west, Chhota Udaipur district to the south, Jhabua District and Alirajpur District ofMadhya Pradesh State to the east and southeast respectively, and Banswara District of Rajasthan State to the north and northeast. The population of the district is mostly rural, and a majority of the district’s residents are Tribals, mostly Bhils. Dahod District also has the second largest population of “Dawoodi Bohra” sect of Muslims in India.

DRDA – Dahod: The Department of Rural Development is implementing a number of programmes in rural areas through the state Governments for poverty reduction, employment generation, rural infrastructure habitat development, provision of basic minimum services. 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. At the State level Prl Secretary, Rural Development and the Commissioner of Rural Development are overall in charge for implementation of the rural development programmes. At the District level, the programmes are implemented through the DRDAs (District Rural Development Agencies). The District Rural Development Agency is visualised as a specialised and a professional agency capable of managing the anti-poverty programms of the Ministry of Rural Development on the one hand and to effectively relate these to the overall effort of poverty eradication in the District.

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