Management support to rural development programme

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New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) The Ministry of Rural Development has introduced an innovative scheme called 'Management Support to Rural Development Programmes and Strengthening of District Planning Process' from the financial year 2007-08 to raise awareness among the target groups of rural development programmes.

An official release issued here today said the scheme primarily focuses on the training and skill development of rural development functionaries and members of Panchayati Raj institutions at Center, state and district/block level by providing financial support to state institutes of rural development and Extension Training Centres apart from organisation of training courses, seminars, workshops.

The scheme also throw focus on evolving a comprehensive system for effective monitoring and evaluation of various rural development programmes through Periodical Progress Reports, Annual Conferences, workshops and seminars and inspection through field visits by senior officers of the Ministry, besides carrying out in-depth studies in the form of concurrent evaluation and impact assessment studies through reputed and independent research organizations.

In addition, there is provision for exploiting the advance of Information Technology for effective implementation of the development programmes.

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