About Us

Directorate of Rural Development Kashmir comprises of 10 districts in Kashmir Valley and 2 districts in Ladakh region. There are 170 CD Blocks (77 erstwhile  and 93 newly created blocks), two Area Development Offices in Keran and Machil are also in position.

The aims of the Department :-

Ø To generate Wage Employment.

Ø To create durable community assets and rural infrastructure.

Ø To reduce the number of people living below poverty line and improve the living standards of rural poor people.

Ø To provide houses to the rural houseless families living below poverty line.

Ø To provide any information under provisions of Right to Information Act.

There are two Directorates of Rural Development in the State, one for Kashmir and the other for Jammu Division. These Directorates are under the administrative Control of the Rural Development Department at the Secretariat Level which is headed by an officer of the rank of Secretary to Government and above.

        At the provincial level, the Directorate is headed by the Director who is a major head of the department in terms of Jammu & Kashmir Book of Financial Powers. The post is borne on  KAS cadre  and is held by senior KAS / IAS Officer. He exercises the administrative and the financial control over the whole province and is assisted by S.E REW Kashmir, Deputy Director(Adm), Deputy Director(Plg), District Panchayat Officer (Publicity), Accounts Officer and other necessary staff to carry out the day to day working in the Directorate.

Superintending Engineer REW Kashmir:-

 S.E. REW Kashmir has been created at the Divisional Level to look-after and monitor technical aspects of the various works being executed by the Rural Development Department. SE is competent to accord Technical Sanction of the works involving the estimates upto Rs. 20.00 lacs  in accordance with Govt. Order No.277 –F of 2016 dated 23-12-2016.  

Deputy Director (Adm) :-

provides assistance to the Director in all  the administrative matters. The assistance is provided on the issues pertaining  to establishment,  legal and   matters  including disciplinary proceedings, complaints and other issues related to the administration.

 Deputy Director (Plg) / Assistant Director (Plg) :-

Deals with the planning apparatus which includes consolidation  of the plan at the provincial level and its submission to the government for approval from the Planning,  Development  and Monitoring Department. They monitor all the plan schemes both State as well as the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) being implemented in the field and provide necessary assistance to the Director in  effective implementation and monitoring of the schemes under the control of department.

District Panchayat Officer(Publicity) :-

Assists the Director in the areas like Panchayats and other related matters including publicity of schemes etc.


provides assistance to the Deputy Director(Adm)/ Director  in all  the administrative matters.

Accounts officer

provides assistance in the field of financial/accounts matters and also functions as the drawing and disbursing  officer of the Directorate. He also formulates the Non-Plan budget and monitors  the    expenditure on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis.

The Directorate of Rural Development Kashmir exercises  control over the following ten Districts of Kashmir and two Districts of  Ladakh Region:-

Kashmir Region:

1.          Anantnag

2.          Kulgam

3.          Baramulla

4.          Bandipora

5.          Budgam

6.          Kupwara

7.          Pulwama

8.          Shopian

9.          Srinagar

10.      Ganderbal

Ladakh Region:

1.          Kargil

2.          Leh

At the District Level, following officers are under the administrative control of the Directorate of Rural Development Kashmir in one or the other  manner;

1.          Project Officers Wage Employment (ACD`s).

2.          Project Officers Self  Employment, DRDA`s.

3.          Executive Engineers, Rural Engineering Wing.

4.          District Panchayat Officers.

 At the  Block level,  Block Development Officers are assisted by Panchayat Inspectors, SO`s Planning, AAOs, Mukhi Sevikas, Junior Engineers, VLWs, MPWs, Gram Sevikas besides other supporting staff like Programme Officer, Technical Assistant, GRS, MIS Operators engaged on contractual basis on consolidated wages under MG-NREGA in discharging their duties.

Brief description of the functioning of these officers is as under:-

1.     Project Officer Wage Employment (ACD):-

Project Officer Wage Employment (ACD) is  normally an officer from Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS). He releases the funds to the Block Development Officers for implementation of various components of works approved under the programmes by the District Development Boards/ other competent authorities. The Assistant Commissioner Development, consolidates the District Plan on the basis of the inputs received from Block Development Officers. The District Plan compiled by him is submitted to the Directorate for technical vetting before it is considered by the District Development Board in its meetings. ACD is competent to accord Administrative Approval of the works involving the estimates upto Rs. 10.00 lacs  in accordance with Govt. Order No.277 –F of 2016 dated 23-12-2016.  ACD is also the Administrative head of the Rural Development Department at the district level.

2.     Project  Officer Self Employment (DRDA):-

In every district there is a District Rural Development Agency with  District Development Commissioner as its Chairman  assisted by the Project Officer Self Employment who is exercising the over-all Administrative & Financial control in the affairs of the Agency. Project Officer is assisted by Assistant Project Officers and other staff. The Programmes of the Agency are being implemented by the Block Development Officers.

3.     EXECUTIVE ENGINEER (Rural Engineering Wing):-

In every district, there is a Rural Engineering Wing headed by the Executive Engineer who looks after the technical aspect of the execution of works. The Assistant Executive Engineers / Assistant Engineers (REWs)  posted in each CD Block of the respective district work under  the control of Executive Engineer REW. He accords technical sanctions of the works involving estimated cost upto Rs. 10.00 lacs and also accords test checks to ensure good quality of work being executed in the district under various programmes. He is also assisted by the Junior Engineers and Works Supervisors at the Block/Panchayat Level.


At the district level, the matters of Panchayat and Panchayat property / assets are attended to by the District Panchayat Officer. He is assisted by Plantation Ranger and Panchayat Auditor posted in the district. The District Panchayat Officer is also supervising  the afforestration programmes and rural sanitation programmes in the districts. At the Block Level, such matters are supervised by the Panchayat Inspector and at the Panchayat Level there is a Secretary Panchayat (VLW, Gram Savika, MPW). The property of the Panchayats viz. Plantation Nurseries, Panchayat Ghars and other Panchayat Assets are supervised by the Plantation Supervisor / Plantation Watcher and Plantation Helpers.

Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), implemented by the BDOs at block level is also being monitored by the District Panchayat Officers.  However, the scheme is being implemented through  Director Rural Sanitation J&K.

The District Panchayat Officer is the designated authority in respect of implementation of various sections  of the Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.


At the Block Level,  the Block Development Officer is responsible  for  formulation and implementation of  Action Plans under various schemes through the staff assisting at Block Level as per for the below mentioned sanctioned staff  strength :-


Name of the post


SO (Plg)




Junior Engineer


Panchayat Inspector






Junior Assistant


Works Supervisor


Mukhi Savika


Gram Savika




Plantation Supervisor


Plantation Watcher




Mali / Chowkidar





Besides, MGNREG Act makes it mandatory for the State Government to make available necessary supporting staff and technical support as may be necessary for  effective implementation of the scheme.

Ministry of Rural Development has suggested an administrative pattern that may be adopted by States according to their contexts. There must be full funding by Government of India for management support at the District, Block and Gram Panchayat level. Supporting staff can  also be hired, on contractual basis, to provide professional services at the national as well as at the state level. The recruitment policy for the functionaries will be decided by the State Government.

Presently the following supporting staff is in place at district / block level engaged as per MGNREGA guidelines in Kashmir Division:-

1)  Programme Officer                          

2)  District Social Audit Coordinator    

3)  Technical Assistant                        

4)  Gram Rozgar Sahayak                    

5)  MIS Operators                                 


Contact Us

Address Agriculture Complex, Lal-Mandi Srinagar Kashmir
Email-ID rddkashmir@gmail.com
Fax No 2310471
Phone No's
P.A: 2311508
Deputy Director (Adm) 2311593
Deputy Director (Plg) 2312359
Accounts Officer 2310211
Superintending Engineer