activities started in the Department of Rural Development
in the year 1989 under the centrally sponsored programme
of “Computerized Rural Information System Project (CRISP)”.
Accordingly, a PC-AT286, a Printer and a Servo Controlled
Voltage Stabiliser were installed in each District Rural
Development Agency (DRDA) and the Commissionerate of Rural
Development (CRD) for attending the monitoring activities
of rural development programmes. Computerisation activities
of DRDAs could not obtain momentum due of weak organizational
structure and inefficient implementation of CRISP in the
January 1993 Rural Development Department formulated a
programme for strengthening the monitoring activities
of Poverty Alleviation Programmes with the use of computer
facilities. Computer training was given to all the Junior
Statistical Inspectors (JSIs) of DRDAs and three Compilers
of P&M Section of CRD at IMG Computer Centre. The
old PC-AT-286 of all DRDAs and at CRD were put to use
in preparing monthly monitoring returns on rural development
programmes. Spreadsheets were used to prepare plan progress
reports and all other periodical monitoring returns due
to Central and State Governments. A system for review
and analysis of performance of DRDAs on implementation
of various poverty alleviation programmes was designed
and related reports were generated with the aid of computer.
Planning and monitoring activities at DRDAs and State
Headquarters could be improved remarkably with the operationalisation
of the old PC-286 computer system available at DRDAs and
CRD. This encouraging experience became the motive force
for the department to think seriously about the use of
Information Technology in a big way in rural development
twin objectives of Computerisation activities of Rural
are as follows:
a) Use of IT tools as a
effective decision support system
b) Empowerment of rural
mass with the right to information on rural development
activities undertaken by the department.
objectives laid down by the department for its computerization
programme are the following:
1. Development of a Database
of rural development programmes being implemented by the
2. Development of an effective
information dissemination system at block level for collection
and dissemination of information regarding development
projects and works undertaken by Panchayat Raj Institutions.
3. Development of a suitable
management information system(MIS) for implementation
and monitoring of poverty alleviation and rural development
4. Automation of Block Development
Offices for speed and precision in activities.
5. Computerisation of accounts
and administration of Block Development Offices.
6. Providing information
on employment opportunities to rural youth.
7. Development of personnel
databases for the staff of Rural Development Department.
8. Development of a Pay
Roll system for C.R.D Staff.
9. Development of an Accounting
package for the department in monitor receipt of funds
from Government of India and release of fund for various
programmes from Commissionerate of Rural Development.
10. Development of Computerised information network
connecting all functional offices of Rural Development
Department through Internet.
CRD Computer Division
In January 1997 a Computer Division was established in
the Commissionerate of Rural Development vide G.O.(Rt)
48/97/RDD dated 31.01.97 A Computer room was also arranged
at CRD. A five node LAN set up on Windows 3.11 and Novell
Net Ware was provided in CRD Computer Division under the
Technical Assistance of NIC. The following hardware/Software
items were obtained for initial set up.
Pentium S - 2 Nos
Dump Terminals - 4 Nos
Terminal with HDD - 1 No
Laser Printer - 1 No
2 KVA UPS with 1hr backup battery - 1 No
MODEM - 1 No
Ms Office 97 (Professional) - 1 No
DRDAs were also permitted vide order No.20597/PM3/95/CRD
dated 17-02-1997 to replace the old PC-AT and procure
a new Pentium computer, 132 Col. DMP and 2KVAUPS with
1 hour battery backup for upgrading DRDA Computer Units.
33.6 Kbps MODEM was supplied to all the DRDAs from CRD
for establishing dial-up connectivity of computer systems
of DRDAs and CRD Computer Division.
Block Information Centres.
of 152 Block Information Centres (BICs) in the department
with computer facility has been the next major step in
the computerisation programme of the department. The major
task of providing computer facility in Block Information
Centres (BICs) was launched with a view to use “ Information
Technology” for making available basic and necessary rural
development information to the rural people and thereby
help to transform rural life more enlightened, more participatory,
more creative, more productive, and more enjoyable.
Government have accorded sanction for strengthening the
Information Centres vide G.O (Rt) 7/98/RDD dated 07-01-98.
department had provided computer systems consisting of
the following items for 152 Block Information Centres.
Computer on Windows-95 OS.
SVGA Colour Monitor
Pin 132 Col 300 CPS DMP
Kbps external MODEM
online UPS with 1 hour battery backup
Office-97 (Professional) Software
computer server supplied under P.M.G.S.Y scheme has been
shifted to the location centre of state NIC unit for keeping
it as the web server of Rural Development Department.
Online data entry of all Rural Development Department
programmes will be carried out through this server in
future. As a result of co-locating the web server in NIC,
they will provide their V-SAT facility for Internet connection
to the department without charging any cost. Government
sanction is awaited for the Rural Soft software developed
by NIC for online data entry of SGRY scheme in the web
Information Kerala mission has been entrusted with the
task of for developing a web site for Local Self Government
Department. Accordingly 1KM has developed a website for
LSGD In order to enter online data in the web site of
Local Self Government Department Programmes, they have
developed software viz “Sulekha”, intended for online
financial monitoring of LSGD programmes” and the training
programme for data entry operators are in progress at
state level. In connection with this 1KM has decided to
enhance the configuration of one of the computers installed
in the Block offices.
In addition to this, NIC has informed that they have developed
two software viz ‘Rural bazaar’ and ‘DRDA portals’, mainly
intended for the use of Rural development Department.
Discussion is being held for the acceptance of these softwares
by the department.
Almost all the offices of ADC (General), District Co-ordinator
(TSC) have been provided with one PC one printer, Modem
each with E-Mail and Internet facility. This the Rural
Development Department have been computerized all the
offices. An additional computer cell has been established
in the Commissionerate for word processing, report generation,
creation of administrative data base etc. Internet and
E-Mail facilities are available at state, district and
Block level offices of the department.
The department has its own infrastructure for providing
computer training to the staff, numbering about 60 persons
at a time.
We hope to develop the infrastructure with more number
of computers, upgrade existing configaration, creat and
adopt more powerful department specific Softwares for
ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in
the Rural Development Department.
Commissioner for Rural Development
Malayalam DTP Software
Telephone for RD-NET
the implementation period of the RD-Net programme, one
computer, one modem, and one telephone connection was
provided to each Block information centre in the Blocks.
The computers installed in the Blocks are utilized for
the generation of monthly quarterly and annual reports
of all RDD programmes, database of block, word processing
etc. Internet and E-Mail facilities have been proved to
part of installation of LAN facilities in DRDAs following
computers and pheripherals were delivered to CRD and DRDAs.
All items were supplied through M/s Keltron.
delivered at CRD
order to impart computer training to the officers in the
department and outsiders, Computer training wings were
set up at State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD)
and the 3 Extension Training Centres (ETCs) of Kottarakara,
Mannuthi and Thalippammba. Computer training is being
imparted to the officers, elected representatives from
three tier panchayats, etc.
of India has supplied two computer and one 2KVA UPS to
all DRDAs and two Servers, two computers 3KVA UPS to the
Commissionerate of Rural Development Department under
the P.M.G.S.Y Scheme in connection with the online monitoring
of P.M.G.S.Y scheme. In addition to this, three 5KVA UPS
has also been purchased under DRDA Administration Fund.
web site for the Rural Development Department has been
developed by C-Dit for hosting the data on various schemes
being implemented by the department to furnish important
matters in respect of the department in Internet and also
make available the data on RDD schemes to rural people
with the right to information on rural development activities.
Web site of the department is being updated regularly.
NIC, a computer solution provider to one state government
departments, has agreed to develop a software viz “ruransoft”
without any cost for enabling online monitoring of all
Rural Development Department programmes through the websites.
As a part of this task, they have already developed a
module for the online data entry of S.G.R.Y scheme and
the same will be hosted in the web server of the department