RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY is the principal organ at the District level to
oversee the implementation of different anti-poverty programmes. The DRDAs
have been visualized as a specialized and professional agency capable of
managing the anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development on the
one hand and to effectively relate these to the over all effort of poverty
eradication in the District. While The DRDA maintains a separate and
independent identity it effectively co-ordine with the Panchayati Raj
Institutions. The DRDA is functioning under the chairmanship of District
Panchayat President and function as a facilitating and supporting organisation
to the Panchayat providing necessary executive and technical support in
respect of poverty reduction efforts.
A District Rural Development Agency was initially set up for Lakshadweep during the year 1982. Ever since its inception it has been implementing the anti-poverty programmes of the Central Government in collaboration with the erstwhile Island/Pradesh Council which existed in Lakshadweep prior to the PRI Institutions, and with the Lakshadweep Administration.
President Cum Chief Counsellor, District
Panchayat is the Chairman of the governing body of the DRDA and the Chief
Executive Officer is the Executive Director.
Following are the major programmes of the DRDA being implemented in Lakshadweep.
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