Department of Rural Development (DRD)

The Ministry of Rural Development plays a key role in poverty alleviation, inclusive growth and overall development in the rural areas of the country. In view of this, various government flagship programs/schemes have been implemented, where each program aims to provide support and cater to address problems faced in specific areas. Through these schemes, ministry aims to improve the quality of life, correct the developmental imbalances and to extend assistance to most disadvantaged sections of rural India. Key issues being targeted include (but not limited to) areas of rural employment, livelihood generation, rural connectivity, social assistance, rural housing to name a few. For Smart India Hackathon 2017, they seek solutions for 25 problem statements.