Desert Development Programme (DDP) in Rajasthan: The basic object of the programme is to minimise the adverse effect of drought and control desertification through rejuvenation of natural resource base of the identified desert areas. The programme strives to achieve ecological balance in the long run. The programme also aims at promoting overall economic development and improving the socio-economic conditions of the resource poor and disadvantaged sections inhabiting the programme areas.
Cost, Funding of DDP: Before 1999 DPP was funded based on severity desertification Now from 1st April , 1999, the programme is being funded on the basis of 75:25 i.e 75% funding by Central Government and 25% funding by State govt. DDP Programme in Rajasthan is running in 16 District and 85 Blocks of western Rajasthan. The 16 District of Rajasthan under DPP are Ajmer, Badmer, Bikaner, Churu, Hanumangarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Nagour, Pali, Rajsamand, Sikar, Sirohi and Udaipur.