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Rural development is defined as the actions and initiatives taken to improve the
standard of living in non-Urban neighbourhoods, countryside, and remote villages.
These communities can be illustrated with a low ratio of inhabitants to open space.
Agricultural activities may be prominent in this case whereas economic activities
would relate to the primary sector, production of foodstuffs and raw materials. The
Rural Development Project is a joint venture between Navjyoti India Foundation and
India Vision Foundation (I.V.F), both being the brain child of Dr.Kiran Bedi.

A major breakthrough was observed with the support of Royal Norwegian Embassy
in 2001. In order to provide efficacious delivery of services, Rural Development
Complex was built on the land donated by Sh. Prakash Lal Peshawaria at Naya
Gaon. The key idea behind rural development initiatives is to eradicate poverty,
gender inequity, bridge the rural & urban gap and assist in attaining eco-social and
regional balance to ensure rapid growth and development. The tireless efforts have
made the community self reliant in natural resource management and adopting
sustainable lifestyles.

Close to 70% of India still resides in rural and semi urban areas. It is in rural India

that a vast potential of talent and untapped creative and intellectual energy lies. If

this group of people is not empowered, the nation as a whole cannot flourish and

develop. With the focus of developing this human force, Dr. Kiran Bedi started to

think of ways to empower the rural India. Since women stand at the fore front of most

activities of rural lives, the most impactful intervention was to initiate active

participation of women in the decision making policies. The rural development

initiatives of Navjyoti India Foundation saw the light of the day with Women’s

Panchayat at Bhondsi in 1996. But that was just the beginning of a dream lived well

that continues to grow from strength to strength every day. At present Navjyoti’s

scope of work spans across 30 villages in Sohna block. Every month close to 400

women are being empowered, 100 children educated, countless families are being

touched and smiles shared

Rural development actions mostly aim at the social and economic development of

the areas.

These programs are usually from the local or regional authorities, regional

development agencies, NGOs, national governments or international development

organizations. But then, local populations can also bring about endogenous

initiatives for development. The term is not limited to the issues for developing

countries. In fact many of the developed countries have very active rural

development programs. The main aim of the rural government policy is to develop

the undeveloped villages. To develop a country not only industrialization is sufficient

but also the every common man has to survive.


The emphasis of the Commission is on maximising the output by using our limited
resources optimally. Instead of looking for mere increase in the plan outlays, the
effort is to look for increases in the efficiency of utilisation of the allocations being

With the emergence of severe constraints on available budgetary resources, the

resource allocation system between the States and Ministries of the Central
Government is under strain. This requires the Planning Commission to play a
mediatory and facilitating role, keeping in view the best interest of all concerned. It
has to ensure smooth management of the change and help in creating a culture of
high productivity and efficiency in the Government.

The key to efficient utilisation of resources lies in the creation of appropriate self-
managed organisations at all levels. In this area, Planning Commission attempts to
play a systems change role and provide consultancy within the Government for
developing better systems. In order to spread the gains of experience more widely,

Planning Commission also plays an information dissemination role.