Volume : 5, Issue : 3, MAR 2019
BLOCK DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT OF MEGHALAYA
NICHOLAS A. MARAK
The key importance in the Rural Development is the rural bureaucracy. Full-fledged staffing in all the rural development blocks and involving them effectively in all sectors of development- agriculture, small scale industry, veterinary, horticulture, fishery to generate employment for the rural poor is required. But the importance in motivating the rural bureaucracy to work hard in assisting the villagers in a difficult working condition for which the BDOs are entirely responsible. Garo Hills, the backward district of the state, needs topmost priority for all round development in all sectors of development. The overall development of the region and success of rural developmental schemes are vital in the development of Garo Hills. Though Rural development is a complex phenomenon covering a wide spectrum of activities meant to ameliorate the condition of people especially the people living in rural areas. It is a basis of social justice and economic equality and removal of poverty. It also implies involvement of voluntary organizations, rural development functionaries and institutions and strategic interventions to help the rural community. The rural development scenario in Meghalaya presents a completely different picture than the rest of the country. There is no Panchayat or any other statutory elective body in the rural areas except the Autonomous District Councils at the District or tribe level. Hence, the present study attempts to give a full picture of Role of Rural Level Bureaucracy in Non-Panchayat Areas with special reference to West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. The findings on the other hand reveal that the villagers are satisfied with the Government schemes as they have been successful in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. The development blocks are progressing in the areas of development such as electricity, road and transportation, safe drinking water facilities, health sectors such as PHCs and CHCs, literacy in terms of education etc.
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