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District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) has traditionally been the principal organ at the District level to oversee the implementation of the poverty eradication programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. Created originally for implementation of Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP), the DRDAs were subsequently entrusted with a number of programmes, both of the Central and State Governments. Of late, the number of programmes have increased and several programmes have been restructured with a view to making them moreĀ  professional and effective. DRDA is visualised as specialised agency capable of managing anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry on the one hand and effectively relate these to the overall efforts of poverty eradication in the district on the other. DRDAs have been established as autonomous bodies at the District level responsible for planning & implementaion of various developmental programmes. The Deputy Commissioners have been entrusted with the assignment of Chief Executive Officer of the organization for effective coordinatiors & to bring synergy between various line departments. Presently DRDAs are implementing most of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development Government of India i.e., Swaranjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna (SGSY), Mahatama Ghandhi National Rural Employment Garantee Act (MGNREGA), Total Sanitaiton Campaingn (TSC) and Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP) etc. Funding: The funding for different schemes being implemented through DRDA is shared by Centre and States.