Empowering Rural Household through Rural Development Programs in India: A Case Study

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Violina Gogoi


For the success of any development programmes, involvement of rural household is a crucial step. This paper deals with people’s involvement and their awareness regardingtwo popularrural development Programmes (RDPs)mainly Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) respectively. Government of India has introduced several RDPs since independence of India. It basically focusses now on inclusive growth and hence inclusiveness of rural people as Majority 68.84% of total population of India belongs to rural population (Census 2011). RDPs has installed a remarkable process for the empowerment of the economically deprived people from rural area. The prime objective of this study is to analyse to what extent rural people are consciousabout various RDPs and how energetically they participate in rural developmental activities.  This paper has tried to interpret the data and statement of approved primary i.e. field study and secondary sources. A sample survey of 240 respondents was conducted in four villages under two districts namely Dibrugarh and Sivasagar of Assam State in India. The results have major implications that rural people are mostly not conscious about the benefits of RDPs.

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