The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj
Department is responsible for the implementation of various Centrally-sponsored,
State-funded, and Externally-aided schemes for poverty alleviation, employment
generation, sanitation, capacity building, women’s social and economic
empowerment, Tsunami rehabilitation, apart from provision of basic amenities and
services. The Department is also entrusted with the responsibility of enabling
the various Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) to function as effective units of
Local Self-Government. There are 12,524 Village Panchayats, 385 Panchayat
Unions (co-terminus with Blocks) and 31 District Panchayats under the purview
of the Department.
Thiru. S.P.VELUMANI, Hon’ble Minister heads Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and the Municipal Administration and Water Supply, Law, Courts and Prisons Department.
Thiru. N.S.Palaniappan, I.A.S., is the Principal Secretary to Government, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department since 11.10.2013. The Directorate of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (including the Training wing), the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited and the Tsunami Project Implementation Unit come under this Department. These units are all headed by IAS officers. This Department also provides administrative support to the State Election Commission.
• Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj.
• Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (Training).
• Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited.
• Project Director of Pudu Vazhvu.
• Project Director of Tsunami Project Implementation Unit.
Tmt. Meenakshi Rajagopal, I.A.S., is the Principal Secretary / Commissioner of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department(full additional charge) from 01.07.2014. As the Head of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj at the State level, he oversees all matters pertaining to Panchayat Raj Institutions in the State as well as the implementation of Centrally sponsored schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), etc., and State-funded Schemes like Tamil Nadu Village Habitation Improvement Scheme(THAI), Member of Legislative Assembly Constituency Development Scheme (MLACDS), Self Sufficiency Scheme, Solar Powered Green House Scheme etc. The Principal Secretatry / Commissioner of Rural development and Panchayat Raj coordinates all establishment matters pertaining to the Department.
The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Maraimalai Nagar is the State-level training institution and functions under the control of a Director in the rank of Additional Director of Rural Development. The Secretary to Government, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department is the President and the Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj is the Vice-President of the SIRD.
Tmt. Meenakshi Rajagopal, I.A.S., is the Principal Secretary / Commissioner of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department (Training) since 04.06.2014 and co-ordinates various training programmes imparted to the elected representatives of the rural Local Bodies and officials of the Department through the five Regional Institutes of Rural Development (RIRDs) of the State.
Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited, established in the year 1983, was under the administrative control of Social Welfare Department from inception till mid-2006. In July 2006, the Corporation was brought under the administrative control of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department vide G.O.Ms.No. 81 dt: 20.7.2006 in order to bring about greater synergy and better coordination in implementing various schemes for Self Help Groups. Thiru. N.S.Palaniappan, I.A.S., is the Chairman of the Corporation since 11.10.2013. Tmt. Mythili K.Rajendran, I.A.S., is the Managing Director since 04.03.2013. The Post Tsunami Sustainable Livelihood Programme (PTSLP) funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is also overseen by the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women and headed by the Executive Director.
Tmt. Mythili K.Rajendran, I.A.S., is the Project Director of Pudu Vazhvu, a Rs. 717-crore, 6-year, World Bank-aided community empowerment and poverty reduction project that is implemented in 2432 Village Panchayats in 70 backward Blocks spread over 15 districts.
Selvi. Apoorva, I.A.S., is the Project Director of Tsunami Project Implementation Unit, and oversees the implementation of Tsunami Rehabilitation Schemes such as Tsunami Emergency Assistance Project (TEAP) assisted by the Asian Development Bank, the Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Project (ETRP) assisted by the World Bank and the Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Package funded by Government of India.