Evaluation Study of Integrated Cooperative Development Project (ICDP) – Chitradurga District, Karnataka - National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), New Delhi – 2006-07
The objective of the Evaluation study was to assess the benefits that had accrued to the Members of the Society who were borrowers referred to as beneficiaries. The project was implemented during the period commencing from 1998-99 to 2003-04 for 6 years. The area of operation of the scheme covered the erstwhile Chitradurga district comprising of 9 taluks, viz., Chitradurga, Challakere, Molakalmuru, Hiriyur, Hosadurga, Holalkere, Davanagere, Harihara and Jagalur. The programme of ICDP aims at promoting the overall development of the selected district through cooperative efforts in agriculture and allied sectors, strengthen cooperative network, formulate business development plans by forging effective linkage with credit and other institutional structure in the area, development of PACS as multipurpose entity and modernisation of cooperatives. The purpose was to examine to what extent the project has been able to achieve the above objectives, identify major constraints of the project and to suggest suitable changes in the scheme.
The study included pre-project and post-project comparison, in the backdrop of quantum of assistance provided under the project to various cooperative institutions. The study also examined:
- The impact of training and incentives provided,
- Utilisation of various infrastructural facilities created under the project,
- The quality of project implementation,
- Problems and constraints,
- Direct/indirect employment generated by the project, and
- Effect in production/productivity, income of rural masses with specific reference to weaker sections.