The Directorate of R.D has now become one of the major Departments of the state with a full-fledged Directorate at the state level. There are 11 DRDAs in the 11 Districts with 74 Blocks spread over Nagaland.
The Directorate functions under a Director, assisted by 1 Addl. Director, 4 Joint Directors, 16 other Officers and 90 Ministerial staff. The main functions of the Directorate are general administration and direction of the Directorate, the District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) and Blocks, Prepare Plan, Fund Release, Frame Policy, Coordinate with the administrative set-up and Govt. of India for general matters and fund release.
The Village Level Development Agencies called the “Village Development Boards” (VDBs) has been formed in 1980 under Clause 12 of Section 12 of the Nagaland Village and Area Council Act 1978. The VDB is a concept based on the traditional lines of the Village Councils (VCs) which appeared in the form of the Village Common Fund Committees (VCFC) in Phek District of Nagaland in 1976. The initiative for the formation of VCFC and keeping the fund in banks came from the innovative initiatives of Shri. A. M. Gokhale, IAS, the then Deputy Commissioner, Phek. He took this concept further for the formation of VDBs in all existing 918 recognized villages during his tenure as the Secretary to the Rural Development Department in 1980-81.
All permanent residents of the village form the General body of the Village Development Board. A Management Committee is formed from the General Body, chosen by the Village Council concerned and a Secretary is selected to manage the affairs of the VDB for a period of three years. The Deputy Commissioner of the District functions as the Ex-officio Chairman of all VDBs in the District. The VDBs are the grass-root level Development Institutions in the state and are responsible for implementation of all programmes/schemes of both under State Plan and Centrally Sponsored Schemes under Rural Development Department. Apart from Centrally Sponsored Schemes, the village-wise allocation was introduced under State Plan from 1980-81 under which every village receives funds under the Grant-in -Aid according to the basis of the number of Households of the village at a specified rate per tax paying household of allocation for implementing schemes for community development. Initially, the allocation to the villages under this scheme was made at the rate of Rs.100/- per tax paying household with a minimum of Rs.5,000/- during 1980-81 and through subsequent enhancements, currently the rate is Rs.1000/- per tax paying household. With this fund provided by the Department, developmental activities best suited to their requirements are taken up by the villagers themselves for implementation every year. At present there are 1175 recognized villages with 2, 27, 917 number of households having constituted VDB in all recognized villages in the state.
Administrative Structure Commissioner& Secretary Govt. of Nagaland, Department of RD General Administration & Policy
|General Administration & Direction||Preparation of all allocation of funds|
|Frame policy and plan annual activity||Coordinate with Govt. of Nagaland & GOI for general matters|
|Proposal & sanctions of fund releases.|
|Control, administer and review of DRDA & VDB activities||Monitor Schematic Implementation of the VDBs.|
|Approves/Reviews VDBs Schemes through DP & DB (District Planning & Dev. Boards)|
|Administrative control of Blocks||Submit shelf of VDB schemes to DPB|
|Control/Release of VDB funds||Report and Returns, Proposal|
|Monitor fund utilization and progress of VDB activities||Ensure selection of priority based schemes|
|Ensure ground implementation of schemes, issues Completion Certificates & recommend Payment|
|Identify & Select priority based schemes through General Body Meeting||Ensure Ground implementation of Programmes|
|Ensure Community participation||Ensure Transparency & Proper Fund Utilization|
|Maintain Account, Muster Rolls & Beneficiary Records.|
The Directorate of Rural Development is located below Nagaland Civil Secretariat about 5 Kms from the main town. The Directorate can be reached by Taxi/Mini Bus. The Department has also a Staff bus which starts from Lerie at 9:00 A.M, halting at S.P Point, Chandmari Junction, Old NST Station, Keziekie, Kenouzou and finally reaches Directorate at 10:00 A.M. The Staff bus leaves the office at 4:00 P.M in winter and at 4:30 P.M in summer.
DIRECTORATE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
NAGALAND : KOHIMA
BELOW : NAGALAND CIVIL SECRETARIAT
KOHIMA : 797003
PHONE : 0370-2271184
FAX : 0370-2271182
Summer: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Winter: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM