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.

Planning for Rural Development

Planning for rural development

Learning Outcomes

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

  • define the terms ‘plan’ and ‘planning’, and expalin their rationale;
  • enumerate the functions of planning at the micro, meso and macro levels;
  • explain why decentralisation of planning in countries like India is necessary;
  • list the major steps in micro-level planning with special reference to agriculture;
  • describe the methodology for block- and district-level planning followed in India and
  • list the major components of an ideal development project.


A plan is a blueprint for action. It points out a precise way to reach a pre determined goal, or a set of goals, within a predetermined period of time with the means that are available with the planner and under the prevailing circumstances. Planning is the ...

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