Memorandum of Association

                                                                                                                                                                          

NATIONAL RURAL RODS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY


MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION
  1. The name of the Society will be ‘National Rural Roads Development Agency’.

  2. The Registered Office of the Society shall be at Room No. 552-A, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi-110001.

  3. Background

    Government of India have embarked upon a programme of construction of Rural Roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The programme envisages the setting up of a National Rural Roads Development Agency (NRRDA) to extend support to the programme through advice on technical specifications, project appraisal, appointment of part-time Quality Control Monitors, Management of Monitoring Systems and submission of Periodic Reports to the Ministry of Rural Development. This Agency is envisaged as a compact, professional and multi-disciplinary body.

  4. Objectives

    1. To discuss with different Technical Agencies and arrive at appropriate Designs and Specifications of Rural Roads and, thereafter, to assist the Ministry of Rural Development in prescribing the Designs and Specifications of Rural Roads, including Bridges and Culverts.

    2. To determine the tasks to be performed by the Principal Technical Agencies and State Technical Agencies.

    3. To appoint reputed Technical Institutions as Principal Technical Agencies and State Technical Agencies to perform the tasks to be entrusted to them.

    4. To render assistance to States or Union Territories in preparing District Rural Roads Plans.

    5. To scrutinize or arrange to scrutinize the proposals received from States and Union Territories for consideration by the Ministry of Rural Development.

    6. To oversee and inspect or arrange to inspect through Independent Monitors, the execution of the road-works cleared by the Ministry and being implemented by States or Union Territories through their Executing Agencies.

    7. To appoint serving or retired Engineers, Academicians, Administrators and other Agencies, with experience in Rural Roads, as Independent Monitors to ensure proper execution of road works by the State Agencies.

    8. To monitor the progress of the road-works with particular reference to time frame for completion, Technical Specifications, Project Appraisal and Quality Control methods.

    9. To set up an “On-line Management and Monitoring System”, incorporating both intranet and internet-based system, for obtaining updated information to facilitate a ready viewing and screening of data.

    10. To send periodic reports to the Ministry of Rural Development on the progress of implementation of road works by the States or Union Territories.

    11. To Monitor the planning for and plantation of fruit bearing and other suitable trees on both sides of the rural roads undertaken by the States or Union Territories, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

    12. To Monitor the expenditure incurred by the States or Union Territories in implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, with reference to the funds released by Ministry of Rural Development through expenditure reports obtained form the States or Union Territories and through ‘Online Management and Monitoring System.

    13. To take up research activities relating to Rural Roads, including execution of Pilot Projects.

    14. To study and evaluate different Technologies in respect of Rural Roads and to take up pilot projects involving different technologies.

    15. To enter into collaboration with Institutions, Agencies or Bodies of repute, both national and international, in respect of Rural Roads.

    16. To arrange suitable Training Programmes for officers of the Ministry as well as the State Governments or Union Territories concerned with the implementation of the Rural Roads Programme in reputed institutions.

    17. To advise on measures to improve the Quality and Cost-norms of the Rural Roads.

    18. To publish books, literature, take up or arrange for production of publicity material, print, audio or audio-visual in respect of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

    19. To organise and sponsor Workshops and Seminars in respect of Rural Roads.

    20. To purchase, lease and hire equipment or machinery required in the construction of Rural Roads.

    21. To take up such activities as necessary to further the objective of the Programme and assist the Ministry of Rural Development in Planning and Implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and such other related Programmes as may be taken up.

  5. Pursuant to the aforesaid objectives, the Agency -

    1. shall be a compact, professional and multi-disciplinary body and the personnel will be obtained or engaged on deputation or hired on contract basis. There will be no permanent appointment to the NRRDA.

    2. will draw Monitors from different Disciplines, States, Union Territories and other Organisations (Public Sector or Private Sector), on part-time basis, for some days in a month, to serve as Independent Monitors.

    3. may do all such other acts and things, either alone or in conjunction with other organizations or persons, as the National Rural Roads Development Agency may consider necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objectives mentioned above.

  6. The Agency may raise funds by way of the following:-

    1. Grants-in-aid by the Central Government.

    2. Contributions from other sources.

  7. The names, occupations and address of the first members of the General Body are as follows:

    Sl. No. Name Occupation & Address Designation in the NRRDA
    1. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Minister of Rural Development
    Government of India, Krishi Bhavan,
    New Delhi
    President
    2. Shri Arun Bhatnagar Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    Vice-President
    3. 3. Shri Lalit Mathur Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor,
    Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    Member
    4. Dr. J. S. Sarma Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    Director-General
    5. Shri Sunil Kumar Director, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    Member
    6. Shri R. P. Nath Director, Ministry of Rural Development
    Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    Member
    7. Shri Shahabuddin Ahmad Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development
    Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    Member

  8. It is acknowledged and admitted by all concerned that the National Rural Roads Development Agency is established by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India in public interest.

  9. In case, if necessary, the Agency can be dissolved as per the provisions laid down under Section 13 and 14 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

  10. We, the several members, whose names and address are given below, having associated ourselves for the purpose described in this Memorandum of Association, do hereby subscribe our names to this Memorandum of Association and set out several and respective hands hereunto and form ourselves into Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on this day, the 10th of January, 2002.

    Sl. No. Name, Address & Occupation of Members Signature of Members
    1. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Rural Development,
    Government of India, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    2. Shri Arun Bhatnagar, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    3. Shri Lalit Mathur, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor,
    Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    4. Dr. J. S. Sarma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    5. Shri Sunil Kumar, Director, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    6. Shri R. P. Nath, Director, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
    7. Shri Shahabuddin Ahmad, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development,
    Government of India, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi


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