Department of Rural Development

Government of Andhra Pradesh


Information Manual

Volume –I

Rural Development Projects, Schemes and Programmes




A publication under the

Right to information Act, 2005






This Information Manual, 2005 of the Department of Rural Development, brings in one integrated form all the activities of the RD Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh as per the requirements of the Right to Information Act, 2005. This Information Manual, the Annual Report 2005, and the information provided in the websites of all the wings of the department place our activities completely open to the scrutiny of the citizens, civil society organisations, public representatives and all other intending public.


The department and its different wings had already taken several steps to bring in transparency and accountability in their functioning. Providing quarterly updates of our cashbook in our departmental website was a bold step in this regard. The Department considers the Right to Information Act, 2005 a great opportunity for delivering its obligations in a transparent and open manner. The requirements of the Act will make every functionary in the organisation transact his/ her day to day work in an organised and systematic manner, so that the information sought by the public can be delivered to them without delay and in all required details.


The Department plans to bring an update of this manual every year in the month of October. Our intention is to make this publication available in all the offices of the department at the State, District, Mandal and Village levels. The updates of the information held under the control of the unit and sub unit offices can be obtained any time in the respective offices. The information generated as public circulars will be displayed in the notice boards of the offices. Intending public can visit our offices during regular working hours and have access to any information that is readily available. The information that needs to be compiled as per citizen requests would be given to the public within the stipulated time frame.


Our plan is to develop an open and citizen friendly organisational culture, in which every employee of our organisation is too willing to function in an organised manner and forthcoming to continuously improve the service delivery processes. As a part of these developmental efforts, we are also introducing a citizen satisfaction and performance measurement system to understand the effectiveness of our information sharing processes. With the help of the inputs from the citizens which are based on their experiences with us and our own internal analyses, we endeavour to continuously improve our standards of willingness and operational readiness to provide accurate and useful information to the citizens.



K. Raju, IAS,. Principal Secretary (Rural Development)


T. Vijay Kumar, IAS, CEO, Society for Elimination of Rural poverty


J.C. Sharma, IAS, Commissioner, Rural Development


Uma Maheswara Rao, Commissioner, APARD


Prof. M.N. Reddy, Chairman, SRTRI



12th October, 2005





We warmly appreciate the contributions of M/S. Ascent Leadership and Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad which has undertaken the task of compiling and organising this Information Manual. They are also evolving systems for bringing similar publications at periodic intervals and organisational mechanisms for catering to the information requirements of the citizens who approach the orgnisation at its various contact points. The team led by Mr. P.Sambamoorthy, CEO and Principal Consultant and the members Ms. Aparna, Mr. Kedarnath, Ms. Monalisa, Ms. Nirmala, Mr.Prabhaker, Mr. Ramasankar, Ms. Shraddha, Mr. Srikant, Mr. Subir Chakravarthy  and Ms. Vidya, have done a commendable job in bringing out this manual in a comprehensive manner.


Our appreciation also goes to all the senior officers and the Public Information Officers Sri. KV Ramana Reddy, Dy. Secretary to Govt. Sr. K.Satyanarayna Rao, Asst. Secretary to Govt,. Dept.  of PR & RD,  Mr. G. Ravinder, SPM (Admn)  Sri. A. Babji, PRO of SERP, Ms. M. Padma, M&E Specialist, and Sri. K. Manoharachary, Communications Officer, who have coordinated with the consultants to organise the information as sought by the information Act in a systematic and methodical manner.


Several officers in the sections who are handling the subject matters have also provided information. We warmly acknowledge their contributions.    


K. Raju, IAS,. Principal Secretary (Rural Development)


T. Vijay Kumar, IAS, CEO, Society for Elimination of Rural poverty


J.C. Sharma, IAS, Commissioner, Rural Development


Uma Maheswara Rao, Commissioner, APARD


Prof. M.N. Reddy, Chairman, SRTRI  




12th October 2005








1. Introduction


This Information Manual, 2005 of the Department of Rural Development is published to enable the citizens secure access to complete information being processed and held under the control of all operational wings of the Rural Development Department.


As a part of its democratic functioning, the Government of India has brought a legislation in the form of the Right to Information Act, 2005 to create informed citizenry and make all the transactions of the governmental operations transparent in order to contain corruption and promote accountability in public funded organisations. 


The information pertaining to the functioning of the Rural Development Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh is available to the public through several means. However, this compilation brings together all the relevant information in a coherent and organised manner so that the reader of this manual gets a complete understanding about the department, its activities and the relevance of its contribution to the promotion of socio economic development of the rural poor of Andhra Pradesh.


1.2   Right to Information and Obligations of Public Authorities


Section 4 of the Information Act, stipulates every public authority to publish suo motu and update at regular intervals all the information that is being transacted and generated by it. It is also the obligation of the governmental organisation to provide all the information to any citizen or citizen groups who are interested in knowing any aspect of the organisation’s functioning.  This Information Manual of the Rural Development Department fulfills these above mentioned objectives of the Act.


1.3    Information Access to Public

(Section 4(1) b (xv) Right to Information Act, 2005)


The information can be accessed by citizens through the following means as indicated below.


  1. The Rural Development Department publishes a yearly Information Manual (October of every year) that contains information pertaining to the activities and functions of the department in a holistic manner. This is a suo motu publication intended to provide organised information to the citizens. Citizens can have free access to this manual in any of the offices of rural development department at the State, District, and Mandal and Village levels. This manual  and the periodical updates are published in the official website of the department


  1. Citizens can visit any of the offices of the rural development department at the State, District, Mandal and Village levels and have access to verify, inspect, take notes, take extracts or certified copies of documents, records and other such information being processed and held under the control of these offices.


  1. Citizens also can have access to such information which is not readily available in a published form. These are in the form of process notes, internal note files etc. In this case, Citizens can ask for specific information in writing in the prescribed application form which is available in any of the offices of the department. The required information will be compiled and given to the citizens as required by him/ her / them within the time period which will be communicated to the information requesting person(s). Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers have been appointed to cater to the information requirements of the approaching citizens in the offices of the rural development department at the State, District, Mandal and Village levels. 



1.3 a. The cost of duplicating/copying the information  


The department does not charge any fee for providing information. However, the cost incurred towards duplicating, photocopying or copying the information in print or electronic form and

postages, if any needs to be borne by the individual(s) requesting the information. The actual cost will be intimated to the individuals requesting the information. The activity processing /compiling the required information will only start after the fee is paid to the appropriate authority.


The procedures to be adopted for obtaining and accessing the information, as per the provisions of the Act are clearly explained in Chapter 3: Implementation of the Provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005. This chapter also provides clear guidelines to the Assistant Public Information Officers, Public Information Officers and Appellate Officers of how to process the requests of the citizens. These methods and procedures are also displayed on the Notice Boards of offices at State, District, Mandal and Village levels. 


1.4    Organisation of the Contents Manual


The Department of Rural Development implements various projects, schemes and programmes intended to help the rural poor to raise above the poverty conditions and improve their overall quality of life in the spheres of their income generation, livelihood creation, economy, social living, health, hygiene, habitation, education, and other social living conditions. Each of these projects, schemes and programmes is independently cauterized and dealt in a manner to give clear information to the public. The manual is organised in two volumes.


Volume –I: Programmes and Schemes


This volume contains information on the schemes / programmes being implemented by different wings of the department.  The programmes and schemes are described from the point of view of the intended beneficiaries of the various programmes. This volume fulfills the following requirements of section 4(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.


a.       Programme Implementing Organisations and their Functions(Section 4(1) b (i) of the Information Act)

b.       Details of Project, Schemes, Programmes Implementation Processes(Section 4(1) b    (xi) to (xiii) of the Information Act)

c.       Formats of Applications, Procedures for obtaining the benefits(Section 4(1) b(xvii)  

      of the Information Act)  


Annexure (information to be periodically updated)

A.      Particulars of Principal Information Officers and Information provisioning Facilities  (Section 4(1) b (xvi) & (xvii) of the Information Act)


Volume –II: Organisation, Funds and the Decision Making Processes

This volume provides comprehensive information pertaining to the Organisation, the methods of its functioning, the consultative and decision making processes, the financial and target performances  


a.       History of the Schemes / Projects (Section 4(1) b (i) of the Information Act)

b.       Description of the implementing agencies and decision making  processes (Section 4(1) b (i) to (vi) of the Information Act)

c.       Consultative Processes (Section 4(1) b( vii) &(viii) of the Information Act)



Annexure (information to be periodically updated)


A.      Financial / Target Performance Details ( Section 4(1) b( xi) to (xiii) of the    

      Information Act)

B.       Pertinent Office Orders, Memos and Circulars (Section 4(1) b(xiv) of the 

      Information Act)

C.      Directory of the officers and employees and the remuneration and compensation     

      details  (Section 4(1) b( ix) &(x) of the Information Act)

D.      Details of Decision Making / Consultative Bodies (Section 4(1) b( vii) &(viii) of the 

      Information Act)

E.       Guidelines, Manuals, Periodicals, and Publications in print and electronic form 

     (Section 4(1) b(xvii) of the Information Act)







Volume I : Section A


Part 1: Methods of availing Information from the offices of the Rural Development Department





Principal Contact Officers



Information available in Electronic Format



Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations



Information Accessing Methods as per the Right to Information Act, 2005


Part 2: Information on different wings of Rural Development Department


Rural Development Department (RDD)     Figure-1     Figure-2    



Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP)


Commissionerate of Rural Development (CRD)


  1. SHG Wing (SHGW)
      2. Watershed and Wage Employment Wing (WWEW)


District Rural Development Agency (DRDA)



District Water Management Agency WMA(DWMA)






Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Training Institute (SRTRTI)


Section B
Schemes and Programmes


Institution Building of Community Based Organisations
( Self Help Groups, Village Organisations and Mandal Samakhyas)




Rural Development Schemes and Programmes



Income Generating Activities



Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgor Yojana (SGSY)



Special Projects under SGSY



Community Investment Fund (CIF)



Micro Financing (MF), SHG bank linkage and Interest Subsidy (Pavala Vaddi)



Revolving Fund (RF)



Livelihood Opportunities






Land Purchase






Building Private Sector Partnerships with Communities of Poor
[Vocational Skills Training (through Partnership)]



Training in Construction Skills



Pre recruitment Training






Assistance in mitigating Physical and Social Disabilities



Assistance to Disabled Persons



Empowering Women through Gender Sensitization



Improving Health & Nutrition



Empowering Youth



Old Age Pension and (NOAP) Family Benefit (NFBS)



Watershed Development and Wage Employment Programmes



What are Watersheds and Wage Employment Programmes?



Developing watersheds in  Drought Prone Areas ( DPAP) & Desert Development (DDP)



Integrated Wastelands development (IWDP)



Rural Livelihoods Enhancement (APRLP)



Comprehensive land Development (CLDP- Indira Prabha)



Food for Work (NFFWP)



Water, Land & Tree Protection (APWALTA)



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