Mewat Area Development Project

Mewat Area Development Project or मेवात क्षेत्रीय विकास कार्यक्रम (Mewat Kshetra Vikas Karyakram) started in 1987-88 by 100% funding from Rajasthan state Government in 8 Blocks of Alwar (5) and Bharatpur (3). Mewat Area Development Program is being implemented in 8 blocks (Laxmangarh, Ramgarh, Tijara, Mandawar, Kishangarhbas, Kathumar, Umren and Kotkasim) of Alwar District and 3 blocks (Nagar, Kama, Deeg) of Bharatpur District. At District level, the implementing agency is Zila Parishad. Works are executed by Panchayat Raj Institutions and line Departments. At the state level, Secretary, Rural Dev. Department is in-charge for administration, supervision & monitoring of the programme. The main thrust of the programme is to fill the critical gaps in the area.
Mewat is a distinct socio-cultural and ethnological region named after its predominant inhabitant's viz. the Meos. They claim to be 'Rajputs' originally, and trace their descent to the Aryans, who invaded India. Meo (also called Mewati) is a Muslim Rajput from North-Western India, particularly in and around Mewat that includes Mewat district of Haryana and parts of adjacent Alwar and Bharatpur districts in Rajasthan. Meos speak Mewati, a language of the Indo-Aryan language family. They call themselves 'chhatris'. They also make the proud claim of being one of the rare segments of the invading population that has not lost its original ethnic purity. A large number of Meos live in Alwar and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan apart from Haryana and UP. Mewat has come to mean "where the Meos live" because the extent and area is coterminous with the settlement of the Meos.
The objectives of the project are to:
improve the economic and social well-being of the Mewat community;
promote greater self-reliance on a sustainable basis; and
broaden the range of economic opportunities available to the community.
Economic activities:
Soil and water conservation;
Canal irrigation;
development of arable crops;
livestock improvement; and
off-farm enterprises.
Social development component:
development support communication;
community and women’s development;
formal education; and
rural water supply