ABOUT RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
History of the Rural Development Programmes in Arunachal Pradesh dates back to the year 1952 when the planners in the Government of India gave a serious thought to undertake a time bond and innovative planning for rural development so as to bring about a change in the social and economic scenario of rural India. With this objective in view, the Government of India launched the National Extension Service (NES) on 2nd October, 1952 by selecting 55 NES Projects in the country of which one was for Pasighat in Siang Frontier Division of the then North East Frontier Agency (NEFA). The concept of Rural Development Programme was redesigned in third Five Year Plan from NES Projects to Community Development Programme and NES Projects were converted to CD Blocks. The growth of CD Blocks over the successive Five Year Plans is shown in Table.
Number of CD Blocks
|No. of Blocks opened|
|First Five Year Plan (1951-56)||7|
|Second Five Year Plan (1956-61)||14|
|Third Five Year Plan (1961-66)||22|
|Fifth Five Year Plan (1972-77)||5|
|Eight Five Year Plan (1992-97)||8|
|Ninth Five Year Plan (1997-2002)||5|
|Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007)||25|
The above CD Blocks have brought the development administration nearer to the people at grass-root level to serve the people for their socio-economic up-liftment.