The 73rd Amendment of the Constitution on 24th April 1992 ushered in a new dawn in the developmental horizon of rural India. To that effect the Rural Development Department since its inception has been a facilitator of growth in transforming the rural landscape of the state. In a state like Sikkim where 75% of the population resides in rural areas, the Rural Development Department has played a pivotal role in successfully implementing various programs and schemes in the rural hinterlands of Sikkim. From connecting the remotest of villages in the state through PMGSY, providing quality housing to the rural poor through various Housing Schemes, creating employment through MGNREGA, enhancing rural livelihood through Sikkim Rural Livelihood Mission, empowerment of Rural Local Bodies through Directorate of Panchayati Raj Institution, excelling in the field of sanitation through SBM-G to ensuring safe drinking water (55 Lpcd) and to provide functional household tap connection (FHTC) by 2024 through Jal Jeevan Mission, the department has come a long way in doing a commendable job.
Sikkim has been in the forefront of development and progress in rural landscape and is one of the leading states in India as far as implementation, execution and achievement of any Government of India/ State Government Flagship Programmes are concerned. This truly reflects the hard work, dedication and contribution of each and every officers, staff and field functionaries of the Department.
The journey of life is long and the path unknown; the department has miles to go, new challenges to confront and milestones to achieve which is only possible through hard work, dedication, commitment of the entire department. This department will strive to work hard for strengthening the capacity and upliftment of the rural masses.