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Rural Development Markaz
The Integrated Rural Development Programme was launched throughout the country. In 1975, a Markaz was set up at Tarlai Village as a Pilot Project, with a later addition of two other Rural Development Marakiz Sihala and Bhara Kau in 1977 and 1978, respectively. The objectives and functions of IRD Markaz are coordinating, service and development as outlines below:-
  • Coordination of development activities at Markaz level.
  • Provide technical knowledge, skill in field of agriculture, agro-based industries.
  • Impart training/skill to field functionaries, councillors, progressive farmers and group leaders.
  • Provision of facilities of agro-machinery at subsidized rates.
  • Provision of agriculture inputs on the door steps of farmers.
At present due to abolishing of the posts of Project Managers at Markaz in 1991, 1995, the coordination activity/function of Markaz become stagnant. The Federal Government has already been requested for revival of posts of Project Managers to re-activate the functions of the Markaz in the rural area.
Local Government and Rural Development
Islamabad District was established in 1981 under P.O. 18 of 1980 having a population of 805,235 with total area of 906 Sq.Km. Prior to creation of district, Islamabad was the part of Rawalpindi District. The Islamabad District is divided into two categories i.e. Urban and Rural for administrative and development control over the area. The areas are being administered by the District Administration ICT. LG&RD is responsible for supervision and control of Local Government System like other Provinces which performs multiple functions including revenue generation and other development activities at the level of Union Councils in rural area with the help of local representatives to be elected under Capital Territory Local Government Ordinance, 1979. The main functions of the Department of the Local Government and Rural Development is to coordinate the activities of Local Government Institutions at different levels including those of the Union Councils, Rural Development Markaz and Rural Area Coordination Committee as well as activities among the other nation-building departments. The department is responsible for:
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