Ministry of Rural Development (India)

The Ministry of Rural Development, a branch of the Government of India, is entrusted with the task of accelerating the socio-economic development of rural India. Its focus is on health, education, drinking water, housing and roads.[2]

Ministry of Rural Development
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Department overview
JurisdictionRepublic of India
HeadquartersKrishi Bhavan, New Delhi
Annual budget122,398 crore (US$17 billion) (2020-21 est.) [1]
Ministers responsible

On 5 July 2016, during the second cabinet reshuffle of the Narendra Modi ministry, Narendra Singh Tomar replaced Chaudhary Birender Singh as the Minister of Rural Development.[3]


The ministry has two departments: Department of Rural Development and Department of Land Resources. Each is headed by a senior civil servant designated as the Secretary of the Department. Anita Choudhry is the secretary of Land Resources and Jugal Kishore Mahapatra, a senior bureaucrat from Odisha, is the secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development.

Department of Rural DevelopmentEdit

The department run three national-level schemes: Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for rural roads development, Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) rural employment and for rural housing, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana It handles the administration of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), and has three autonomous organisations under it:[4]

The Minister of Rural Development is the Chairman of these three organisations and the Secretary of the Ministry is the Vice Chairman. The Minister is currently Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, and the Secretary is Subrahmanyam Vijay Kumar.[5]

Department of Land ResourcesEdit

The Department of Land Resources runs three national-level programs:[6]


   [Upendrnath Verma 21 April, 1990 to 10 Nov., 1990] from Bihar Gaya 

Ministers of StateEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Union Budget 2020-21 Analysis" (PDF). 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "No more a people ministry for Birender Singh, now the steel minister". Business Standard. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Overview". Department of Rural Development. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ "TERI: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development - India".
  6. ^ "Schemes". Department of Land Resources. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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