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Rural Development Administration in the 21st Century: A Multi-Dimensional Study

Surat Singh (Editor) Mohinder Singh (Editor)
Synopsis The basic aims of development of rural areas cannot be achieved unless the Rural Development Administration extends wholehearted support in the creation of various infrastructure facilities and provision f extension services. The loop-holes in the Rural Development Administration that have come to surface during the last one decade need to be plugged in the 21st Century. The functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions has not improved to the desired extent even after getting a constitutional status. The bureaucracy continues to dominate them. These institutions could not play an effective role in delivery of goods and services to the villages due to lack of clear demarcation of functions/responsibilities and powers, and sufficient funds. An essential requirement for successful economic reforms is that resources must move from old inefficient activities to new promising activities. This book gives suitable answers to these questions through fruitful discussions on various facets of rural development administration.
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About the authors

Surat Singh

Dr. Surat Singh is the Director of the Haryana Institute of Rural Development, Nilokheri. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Political Science in 1984. Earlier to his present assignment, Dr. Singh has been associated with NIRD, Hyderabad for a decade and worked in different capacities. Dr. Surat Singh has to his credit of successfully completing several Research Projects sponsored by Govt. of India, Govt. of Haryana and other Organizatins. Few of them are, viz. Status of Panchayati Raj in Delhi, Common Land Encroachment and Panchayat Finances, Women Representatives in PRIs and National Social Assistance programmes. Few of his books published are: Facets of Development in Rural Society (1997), Women Panchayati Raj Representatives in Haryana (1998), Problems and Prospects of Panchayat Finances: A Study of Common Lands (2001). In addition, he has published more than thirty Research Papers in Journals of International and National repute including the ‘Community Participation in Risk Management’-orally presented in an International Conference held at Sweden.

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Mohinder Singh

Mohinder Singh is a renowned climber and mountaineer award winner. Civil Engineer by professional and retired as Commandant (G.D.) after having served in ITBP for 35 years. Born on 12-03-1944 at village "Raj Pur Bhayan" in the foothill of shivalik ranges. Dist. Hoshiarpur (Punjab State) India. He has done extensive trekking in Indian Himalayas for continous 25 years and also climbed in Alps (Europe). He has the distinction of being successful leadership of the First every climb of "Mount Everest", 29028 ft. from the route of North-Col Tibet (Chine) side in the year 1996 (pre honoured with the covered title "Khan Grid" by government of Mongolia in 1995 under the Culture Exchange Programme between India & Mongolia. He has rendered commendable services many years in the mountain area of Leh-Ladakh (J & K), Uttar Pradesh (Garhwal & Kumaon), Himachal Pradesh extending from Karakoram to Kumaon Himalaya. Few of the mountain achievements and adventures are mentioned below: Special rock climbing course, 1966, Basic mountaineering course at H.M.I. Darjeeling, 1967, Leader of Gangotri / Badrinath trek-king expedition via Kalandikhal 19995 ft. high peak (Garhwal Himalaya) in 1968. Climb of ferry peak (Sikkim), Advance mountaineering guide and rescue course at Australia (Europe) and climbed 03 peaks on "Alps" (Europe) 1971, Dy. Leader of Neelkantha 1974. Set a world record by his first ascent tovirgin peak. “Saser-Kangri-I in 1973 on 7th June. Climb of Trishul peak (7120 mtrs.) in 1970, unnamed peak (6065 mtrs.) in Kakbhusand range (Garhwal) and Pancha-Chulli-I (6037 mtr.) both in 1972. He has been pioneer to establish mountaineering & Ski-ing Institute at ITBP Auli (Joshimath) and worked as Training Officer and later on as Principal / Commandant of this Institute. He has been with foreign joint expeditions such as: Tunni peak in 1975, Gangotri peak, 1976, Nanda Devi (Main) two times in 1978 and 1979, Bhagirathi-I 1980, Nandakot 1981, East-Nanda Devi-1982. Participated Seminars and International Mountaineering Camps, Administrative officer duty in IMF 1991, leader successful expedition to Mt. Bamba Dhura (6355 mtrs) 1991, leader of successful team to Mt. Un-named peaks 6172 mtrs. & 6075 mtrs. In (H.P.) State 1992, Liaison officer and member of Indo-Ukraine (Russia) expedition to Mt. "Kangchen Junga" April-June 1993, overall leader of joint successful expedition Indo-Mangolia to Mt. "Joanli" (21760 ft.) in November 1994, Summiteer of peak, "Mana, 23860 ft. in August 1995, Summiteer of three unnamed peaks, 6725 mtrs. 6489 mtrs. & 6449 mtrs. In Leh-Ladakh in November 1995. Mohinder Singh has been awarded more than fifteen Commendations / citation, appreciations different occasion of challenging / special assignments. He has carried out meticulously mountain rescue works many times. He has been decorated with Indian Police Medal (IPM) for meritorious services in 1997 and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Award by Punjab State Government in 1998.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rural Development Administration in the 21st Century: A Multi-Dimensional Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176298786
length xxx+439p., Tables; Figures; Notes; References; Index; 25cm.