Volume : 5, Issue : 10, OCT 2019
RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN GARO HILLS WITH REFERENCE TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
NICHOLAS A. MARAK, DR. A.C. TALUKDAR
The overall development of the region and success of rural developmental schemes are vital in the development of Garo Hills. The aspects of Rural development as seen in community 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. Community development 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. 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 community development 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. which are the main elements of community development. The Government schemes can be implemented in the long run through the intervention of village headman, village councils and Development Officers with basic awareness and training programmes so that the remote areas of the villages there is sound community development with better conditions of living to uplift the marginalized and the downtrodden.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, GARO HILLS.
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