Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management comprehensively addresses the basic concepts, elements, paradigms, determinants, policy instruments, strategies, programs, and management of rural development. The book emphasizes, in particular, the pivotal role of human resources as both a means and an end of development. New pedagogical featuers have been added in the Third Edition, including 'Learning Outcomes' at the start of each chapter, and 'Main Points' summaries and 'Questions for Discussion' at the end of chapters.

Natural Resources and Infrastructure Development Programmes

Natural resources and infrastructure development programmes

Learning Outcomes

After having gone through this chapter, students should be able to

  • illustrate the genesis of various natural resource-based and infrastructure development programmes launched in India from time to time;
  • identify the role of natural resources and infrastructure in rural development;
  • describe the salient features of major natural resource-based programmes, such as the Drought-Prone Area Programme (DPAP), the Desert Development Programme (DDP), the Integrated Wasteland Development Programme (IWDP), the National Watershed Development Programme for Rain-fed Areas (NWDPRA), and so on;
  • explain the rationale for National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and the pilot Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) and their main features and
  • describe the salient features of major infrastructure development programmes such as the Minimum Needs Programme (MNP), the ...
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