Rural Development &
District Planning

Core Functions

The Vertical formulates innovative programs and policies tailored to the Rural Development and allied sectors, addressing emerging challenges while capitalizing on opportunities. It also provides inputs and suggestions on key policy decisions to the Government of Tamil Nadu.

As a Nodal Point for Development Programs

The Rural Development & District Planning Vertical is a crucial nodal point which supports and monitors the Government of Tamil Nadu’s programs for inclusive and balanced growth and development. These initiatives aim to ensure equitable progress across different regions of the state, fostering economic, social, and infrastructural development and growth in a balanced manner. These programs are implemented and monitored:

  • State Balanced Growth Fund (SBGF)
  • Focus Blocks Development Program (FBDP) 
  • Aspirational District Program, and
  • Aspirational Block Program
Research & Knowledge Sharing

The Vertical organizes workshops that bring together key stakeholders and experts in the domains related to Rural Development, Transformation, Housing, and Women Development.

Sectoral Departments

This Vertical coordinates with the following sectoral department and their line departments:

Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department
  • Rural Development and Panchayat Raj
  • Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women

The vertical also coordinates with related sectoral Institutions like,

  • Tamil Nadu State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj
  • Tamil Nadu Regional Institute of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj

Assessments and Studies

Impact of Rural Housing Programme (CM Solar Powered Greenhouse Scheme & Indra Aawas Yojana) implemented in addressing rural poverty and women empowerment

An Impact evaluation study of Rural Housing Programmes aimed to study the implementation mechanism, to examine the quality of houses constructed, cost effective technology and to assess the Socio-economic impact of CM Solar Powered Green House Read More

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Study report on "Efficacy of drinking water supply sources and status of access to Piped Water Supply to Rural Habitations

Tamil Nadu, one of the progressive states in India occupies about 4% of the surface area of the nation. But Tamil Nadu possesses only 3 percent of available water resources in the country to meet the burgeoning fresh water demand by the various sectors. Read More

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Workshops and Seminars related to the sectors have been organized based on various concepts such as emerging issues, matters requiring immediate interventions, new themes etc. The recommendations of the workshops are forwarded to the concerned departments for suitable action. Some of the Workshops conducted by the Vertical are:

Piped Water Supply within the Household

The State Planning Commission conducted this workshop dedicated to bolstering drinking water sources in rural areas and ensuring piped water access to households. Discussions covered the roles of key entities like the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, Rural Development Department, and Panchayat Presidents in maintaining and conserving water systems. This workshop addressed crucial aspects of feasibility, availability, affordability, accessibility, and policy frameworks related to rural piped water supply. Read More

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Decentralised Planning using Plan Plus

In Tamil Nadu, District Planning Committees (DPCs) play a crucial role in reviewing and consolidating plans across districts. Collaborative efforts, including partnerships with organizations like UNICEF, enhance the capacity of local officials in collecting and inputting data for need-based planning. This collaboration promotes communication among stakeholders, including District Administration, Line departments, Planning Committees, and Local Bodies. This workshop supported stakeholders in implementing Decentralized Planning Read More

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Open Defecation-Free Tamil Nadu

The State Planning Commission organized a workshop on achieving Open Defecation Free status in the State. Emphasizing strategies from past experiences, exploring technology options, and engaging local leaders, the workshop featured insights from a study by Anna University’s Department of Media Sciences, conducted under UNICEF and the Department of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj. The study assessed the status of previously constructed household latrines, identified failure causes, and proposed future strategies. Read More

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Ongoing Works

Current Studies/Assessments of Schemes
  • Evaluation Study on piped drinking water connection to every household
  • Intergenerational mobility across social groups in Tamil Nadu
  • Rural Economy – A Multi-Dimensional Study