Rural Development was a part of Forest & Rural Development Department
prior to 1985. The Govt. vide G.O.Ms.No.400, Forest & Rural Development
(RD.III) Department, Dated 04.10.1985 has transferred the Rural Development wing
from the Secretariat to the newly created Commissionerate of Panchayat Raj &
Rural Development for effective implementation of various Rural Development
The Commissionerate of PR & RD started functioning from the Rajaram
Insurance Building Complex w.e.f. 4.10.1985. Certain additional posts have also
been sanctioned to strengthen the Commissionerate of Panchayat Raj & Rural
Development in the same G.O.
During the year 1994, a separate Commissioner of Rural Development was
posted as Head of the Rural Development Department de-linking it from the
Panchayat Raj wing. The Department had two major wings namely DPAP & Wage
Employment and Development of Women & Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA).
The Commissionerate of Rural Development was further bifurcated into
Commissionerate of Rural Development &
b) Commissionerate of Women
Empowerment & Self Employment vide G.O.Ms.No.198, PR&RD (RD.II)
Government have issued orders merging the Women Empowerment & Self
Employment wing with the Commissionerate of Rural Development vide G.O.Ms.No.15,
PR&RD (RD.III) Department, Dt.25.01.2005.
Further, as required under the implementation arrangements for AP Rural
Livelihoods Project, certain additional posts have been created as Project
Management Unit (PMU) to strengthen the Commissionerate of Rural Development
vide G.O.Ms.No.63, PR&RD (RD.IV) Department, Dt.11.3.2003.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh promulgated the Andhra Pradesh Water, Land
& Tress Act (2002) to promote water conservation, tree cover and regulate
the exploitation and use of ground and surface water and for protection and
conservation of water sources, land and environment in the entire state.
Act came in to force w.e.f. 19.4.2002. A state level APWALTA authority was
constituted under G.O.Ms.No.240, PR&RD Department, Dt.06.11.2004 while
authorities at district and mandal levels were constituted under G.O.Ms.No. 244,
PR&RD Department Dt. 26.06.2002. The Commissioner, Rural Development is
designated as Administrator under the APWALTA Act.
The Commissionerate of Rural Development has now got three wings
1) Watersheds & Wage
Employment programmes and
2) Self Help Groups and related