About Us

Rural development and poverty alleviation have been the major areas of concern and thrust for thenation since independence. The Community Development Programme consisting of various sets of schemes was launched on 2nd October, 1952 throughout the country with the objective of overall development of rural areas with the active participation of the community. Development Blocks were created and considered pivotal for planning and implementation of various rural development schemes. Upto the year 1999 self-employment schemes such as IRDP, TRYSEM, DWCRA, SITRA, MWS and GKY were being implemented, but w.e.f. 1.4.99 these schemes were merged into SGSY. Similarly, JGSY and EAS which were in operation were merged into SGRY w.e.f.1.4.2002. “Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana” (SGSY) has been launched during the year 1999- 2000. This yojana lays emphasis on cluster approach instead of individual beneficiary approach which would enable the beneficiaries to start with viable projects in a joint manner which can bring, higher incomes. This approach will also improve the skills of the poor through an in-built training component, up-gradation of technology, providing adequate backward and forward linkages, availability of adequate infrastructure and better marketing arrangements. In order to provide guaranteed wage employment to the needy persons in rural areas, who are willing to do unskilled manual work, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has been launched in all the Districts of State of Himachal Pradesh. Besides, DPAP/DDP/IWDP, Indira Awas Yojana, Total Sanitation Campaign Projects, National Social Assistance Programme are the other centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the State. Panchayati Raj Institutions at various levels are being involved in the planning and execution of poverty alleviation and employment generation programmes so that it is ensured that the benefits under these programmes reach the right person.