UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-8

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    Which of the following statements relating to District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) are correct"
    1. The Chairman of DRDA is the same as the Chairman of Zila Parishad.
    2. MPs and MLAs can also be associated with the DRDA.
    3. Identification of families below the poverty line is also done by DRDA.
    4. DRDA can function as the Panchayat for areas, where the Panchayat either does not exist or ?s suspended.
    It also prepares the development plans for every block in the district.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

    A)  1, 2 and 5                    

    B)  1, 3, 4 and 5

    C)  3 and 4           

    D)  2, 3 and 5

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    [d] Statement 1 is incorrect, because the Chairman of both the governing body and the Executive Committee of the DRDA is the District Collector. The governing body of the DRDA has a very wide representation and includes MPs, MLAs, heads of Central Cooperative Bank, Chairman of Regional Rural Bank, Zila Pramukh etc. Thus, Statement 2 is correct. Some of the main functions of DRDA are: identification of families below the poverty line, making arrangements for institutional credit support for beneficiaries, preparing development plans for every block, giving publicity to programme achievements and awareness generation etc. Thus, Statement 3 and 5 are also correct. Statement 4 however is wrong as the ministry guidelines clearly provide that under no circumstances the DRDA can function as a Panchayat.

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