Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) comes under the purview of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. 

MIDH takes care of holistic growth of horticulture sector. It opts for area based regionally differentiated strategies. These include research, technology promotion, extension, postharvest management, food procession and marketing.

Another important part of its role is aggregation of farmers in farmer groups like FIGs/FPOs and FPS. Formation of these groups helps in bringing economy of scale and scope. With farmers’ welfare at the core of all its activities, it focuses on enhancement of horticulture production. It also works towards augmenting farmers’ incomes and strengthening nutritional security.

MIDH makes efforts towards improving productivity, supporting skill generation and creating employment generation opportunities for rural youth in horticulture and post-harvest management including cold chain sector.

It integrates the ongoing schemes of National Horticulture Mission, Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan states, National Bamboo Mission, National Horticulture Board, Coconut Development Board and Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland.
It has been allocated funds to the tune of Rs 2068.29 crore for the fiscal 2015-16.

Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Ministry of Panchayati Raj, as the name indicates, looks into matters related to Panchayati Raj and Panchayati Raj Institutions. It came into existence in May 2004 and is headed by a minister of cabinet rank.

The agency was created with the vision to attain decentralised & participatory local self-government through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). Its key mission is empowerment, enablement & accountability of PRIs to ensure inclusive development with social justice, and efficient delivery of services.

The mandate of the Ministry is to oversee the implementation of Part IX of the Constitution (which is regarding Panchayats), the provisions regarding District Planning Committee as per Article 243ZD, and the Provisions of the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA) 1996.

Of the 2.51 lakh Panchayats in the country, 2.39 lakh are Gram Panchayats, 6904 are Block Panchayats and 589 are District Panchayats. The strength of Panchayat representatives is close to 29 lakh. The constitution mandates regular elections to three tiers of Panchayats and representatives for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Women.

Panchayat is a State subject and MoPR promotes Panchayati Raj through its schemes, advocacy with States, and by creating and sharing knowledge about Panchayati Raj.

The ministry gives a number of annual awards, among them to the states for their performance in Devolution index, e Panchayat Awards, Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar’ to Panchayats and ‘Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar’ to best Gram Sabhas.

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