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District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Administration

The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is the principal organ at the District level to oversee the implementation of different anti-poverty programmes. In 1999, the Government of India had introduced the ‘DRDA Administration’ scheme under which the salary and administrative expenses of DRDAs are funded on a 90:10 basis between Centre and State Governments. The primary objective of DRDA Scheme is to professionalize the DRDAs so that they are able to effectively manage the poverty alleviation programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development and interact effectively with other agencies.The DRDA is set up in all districts of the State. It is headed by the Project Director who is assisted by a team of officers and staff.