The Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) was launched by the Government of India during the financial year of 1978 and implemented during 1980. The main motto of the program was to provide employment opportunities to the poor community as well as opportunities to develop their skill sets so as to improve their living conditions. The program is recognised as one of the best yojanas to deal with poverty-related issues in the country by offering to those who fall below the poverty line and the necessary subsidies in tandem with employment opportunities.
Objectives of the Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP)
The main objectives of the Integrated Rural Development Program are listed below
- To help families who lie below the poverty line and to enhance their state of living
- To empower the poor by helping them develop at every level.
- By providing productive assets and inputs to its target groups is the helpful work done by the program.
- The assets provided in the program could be in the primary, secondary or tertiary sector.
- A kind of financial assistance to these families in the form of government subsidies as well as loans or credit from financial institutions are encouraged by the program.
Beneficiaries of the Integrated Rural Development Program
The beneficiaries of this program are listed below:
- Rural artisans
- Marginal Farmers
- Scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
- Economically backward classes with an annual income of less than Rs 11,000
This program has helped many families and communities. The skills and talents of these people are showcased and a small business development ideas are given to them by the government.