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DRDA administration scheme to be discontinued from April 1, 2022

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 22: The Government of India has decided to discontinue the centrally sponsored District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) administration scheme with effect from April 1, 2022.


This was informed by the Union Ministry of Rural Development in a letter written on November 1 to the Secretary/Principal Secretary of Rural Development Department of all States/UTs.
“The States/UTs may merge the DRDAs with the Zilla Parishad/Zila Panchayats of the States/UTs. Where there are no ZPs e.g. in North Eastern States, the DRDA may be merged with District Councils or any other body, as may be decided by the State Government. Staff working at the DRDAs on deputation basis can be absorbed back in their parent Departments”, the letter read.
The support staff, who are on the rolls of the DRDAs, may be absorbed by the appropriate line Ddepartments and in the District Planning and Monitoring Body as per their qualification, it stated.
“In case such fitment is not possible and is not organic, they can be placed with the schemes such as MGNREGS, PMAY, NSAP, etc. as per their competence and qualification in suitable capacities,” it added.


Further, the Union Ministry directed that accounts of funds under DRDA scheme may be audited and the balance/unutilised amount with DRDAs as on March 31, 2022 reflected in Audit Reports, may be transferred to Zila Panchayats/Zila Council or any other body, as the case may be and be accounted for in subsequent releases.
(Page News Service)

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