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Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
22-November-2010 16:41 IST
Changes in Rural Development Programmes
Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Dr.C.P. Joshi today informed the Lok Sabha that the Ministry of Rural Development is implementing various rural development programmes through State Governments and UT Administrations. The programmes of the Ministry are modified/revised as and when required with a view to ensuring better implementation of the programmes. For instance, the Sampoorna Gramin Rojgar Yajana (SGRY) was replaced with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to statutorily provide 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every registered rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work on demand. Similarly, the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) is now being restructured as National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) with a view to implement it in a mission mode and time bound delivery of results. The Area Development programmes have been redesigned and combined in a programme called Integrated Watershed Management Programmes (IWMP). Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) is now changed into National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).

The Minister was replying to a written question whether the Government has effected basic changes in the rural development programme, the details thereof and the extent to which these programmes have bcome effective and meaningful.