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.

Rural Development Policies

Rural development policies

Learning Outcomes

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

  • define public policy and differentiate the concepts of ‘policy’, ‘programme’ and ‘project’;
  • illustrate how a public policy, say, rural credit policy, curbs as well increases the freedom of a farmer borrower;
  • identify the major reasons why we need a ‘Rural Development Policy’ in India;
  • explain the major goals of ‘Rural Development Policy’ and their rationale;
  • explain the concept of ‘Hierarchy of Policy Goals’, and illustrate how and when a goal becomes a means of achieving a superior goal;
  • know the major Rural Development Policies of India and their salient features and
  • critically examine the implications of globalisation and liberalisation for rural development.


Webster's dictionary defines ‘policy’ as a definite course of action selected (as by the ...

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