Integrated rural development through holistic approach is a national commitment. The goal is to enrich the quality of life of the poor by meeting the basic needs and generating employment opportunities on a wider scale through decentralized planning. The mission of NIRD is to facilitate rural development vigorously through government and non-governmental initiatives. NIRD is the country's apex body for undertaking training, research, action research and consultancy functions in the rural development sector. It works as an autonomous organization supported by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.