Role and Function
At the Government level, there is the Secretariat of the Community and Rural Development of which is an administrative Department. It is headed by the Commissioner and Secretary/Secretary to the Government and assisted by the Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary. The Secretariat deals with all the policy matters of the Government in relation to Community and Rural Development, State Institutes of Rural Development (S.I.R.D.) and the implementing societies like State Rural Employment Society (S.R.E.S.), Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Mission (M.S.R.L.S.) and Meghalaya Society for Social Audit and Transparency (M.S.S.A.T.). It also deals with all establishment matters relating to Gazetted Officers in the appointment and transfer at different levels, constitution of Committees and sanction of schemes etc. (Other than those specifically delegated to subordinate offices).
At the Directorate level, there is the Director of Community and Rural Development who is the Head of the Directorate under the Community and Rural Development Department. He is responsible for the Planning and implementation of the Government Policies and guidelines for various development programmes. He exercises the executive control over all the subordinate offices. He is assisted by the Joint Director, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, the Finance and Accounts Officer, Monitoring-cum-Evaluation Officer, Research Officer and Statistical Officer and ministerial staff.
At the District Level, there is the District Rural Development Agency (D.R.D.A.) which is responsible for implementation of different schemes. The District Rural Development Agency is headed by the Deputy Commissioners as its Chairman who is assisted by the Project Director, Assistant Programme Officer, Executive Engineer, Junior Engineer and support staff. There are also Assistant Development Commissioners and Sub - Divisional Planning Officer who are coordinates with the Block Development Officers in the implementation of schemes.
At the Block Level, the Block Development Officer is the Head of the Block Office. He is assisted by a team of officers, technical staff and ministerial staff who are responsible for the proper and successful execution of various development works entrusted to the Department. For execution of the schemes the Block Development Officers is also responsible for securing peoples participation and maintaining of public enthusiasm in the different programme taken by the Blocks.