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The Intensive Agricultural District Programme was launched by the government in the year _________ in collaboration with _________?
» Explain it
It was felt that the increase in agriculture production under the community development programme was less than needed necessary to feed the rapidly increasing population of this country.  To tackle this, the government in collaboration with Ford Foundation launched the intensive agricultural district programme (1960-61) which is popularly known as the Package programme.  The most importat feature of this programme was that the cooperative institutions became the agency for distribution of credit and supply of agricultural inputs which were essential for implementing the programme.

The following points were kept as the minimum criteria for selection of the district for IADP:

a) Districts have adequate supply of water.
b) Should have minimum natural hazards.
c) They have well developed village industry.
d) They have maximum potential to increase agricultural and animal production.

Hence, option B is correct.
The National Horticulture Mission was launched in the year:
» Explain it
It was launched in 2004 as a centrally sponsored scheme.


1. To develop horticulture to the maximum potential available in the State and to augment production of all horticultural production of all horticultural products (Fruits, Vegetable, flowers, Plantation crops, Spices, Medicinal Aromatic plants) in the state.
2. To provide holistic growth of the horticulture sector through an area based regionally differentiated strategies

3. To enhance horticulture production, improve nutritional security and income support to farm households;

4. To establish convergence and synergy among multiple on-going and planned programmes for horticulture development;

5. To promote, develop and disseminate technologies, through a seamless blend of traditional wisdom and modern scientific knowledge.

6. To create opportunities for employment generation for skilled and unskilled persons, especially unemployed youth.

Hence, option C is correct.
The Integrated Rural Development Programme was launched in the year _________ .
» Explain it
The IRDP was launched in 1980. The objective of I.R.D.P. includes enabling identified rural poor families to cross the poverty line by providing productive assets and inputs to the target groups.  The assets which could be in primary, secondary or tertiary sector are provided through financial assistance in the form of subsidy by the Govt. and term credit advanced by financial institutions.

Hence, option C is correct.
The Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana was launched in the year 1999. Which of the following programmes were subsumed in it?
» Explain it
The SGSY includes the following schemes:

IRDP(Integrated rural development program in 1980)


DWCRA (Development of women and children in rural areas in 1982)

One million wells Yojna

Ganga Kalyan yojna

SITRA (Supply of improved toolkits to rural artisans

Hence, option E is correct.

The government merged two schemes-Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana (PMRY) and Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP). The resulting scheme was known as _________.
» Explain it
The Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) was formed by merging two schemes - namely Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana (PMRY) and Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) for generation of employment opportunities through establishment of micro enterprises in rural as well as urban areas. PMEGP is a central sector scheme administered by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME). At the national level, the Scheme is being implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), a statutory organization under the administrative control of the Ministry of MSME as the single nodal agency. At the State level, the Scheme will be implemented through State KVIC Directorates, State Khadi and Village Ind ustries Boards (KVIBs) and District Industries Centres (DICs) and banks.
Hence, option A is correct.