DRDA has traditionally been the principal District Level organ to oversee the implementation of anti poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. Originally created for implementation of the integrated Rural Development Programme (I R D P ) has subsequently been entrusted with a number of programmes both of the Central and State Govt. The DRDA is mainly dealing with the anti poverty programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development however it has also been entrusted programmes of other Ministries which have a definite anti poverty focus. Over the years the DRDA has continued to watch over and ensure effective utilization of the funds intended for poverty alleviation programmes and has become far more professional and effective.
DRDA is a society under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and it became functional on 11-01-1979. It has a Governing Body for approval of its Annual Plan Expenditure. DRDA Bilaspur falls under category ‘A’ DRDA with an annual Administrative cost of R. 46 Lac. Deputy Commissioner of the District is the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency. The following anti poverty programmes are being implemented by the DRDA Bilaspur through the Block Development Officers in Development Blocks and 151 Gram Panchayats.