District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) was set up by the Ministry of Rural Development, The basic objective behind setting-up this institute is to oversee the implementation of anti-poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development and to implement the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP). Gradually DRDA become the main organisation entrusted with number of programmes of both Central as well as state government.
The schemes introduced by the DRDA are many. DRDA plays a crucial role by identifying the need of particular rural population and ensuring the appropriate solution to them. In implementing the schemes, the role of DRDA has been Technical, Managerial and Financial. Thus, DRDA is not only a body to disburse the funds for the schemes but also provide appropriate Managerial and Technical support as and when required by the entrepreneurs. Followings are the flagship programmes undertaken by DRDA.