District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) has traditionally been the principal organ at the district level to oversee the implementation of
anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. This agency was created originally to implement the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP).
Subsequently the DRDAs were entrusted with number of programmes of both state and central governments. From 1 April 1989 a separate DRDA Administration has been introduced
to take care of the administrative costs. This aims at strengthening the DRDAs and make them more professional in managing the anti-poverty programmes and be an effective link
between the ministry and the district level.
Many Schemes of the Central and State Governments are introduced from time to time. Several schemes are available providing support to different components of Rural Development.
Schemes are also periodically modified to reflect the experience over the years. The task of DRDA has been to identify the needs of the rural population and reach the appropriate
schemes where they are needed. In implementing the schemes, the role of the DRDA has been Technical, Managerial and Financial. Thus DRDA is not only a body to disburse the funds
for the schemes but also provide appropriate Managerial and Technical support.
District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) are district level development execution and monitoring agencies created under the Indian Societies Registration Act. Substantial sums of
rural development funds of government of India were transferred and routed through them under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes. From purely a financial resource from Rural Development
point of view the DRDAs are extremely important institutions at the district level.