Drought prone area programme was initiated in 1973.
The objectives of the programme are as follows—
To minimise the adverse impact of drought on crops, domestic animals, productivity of land, water and human resources.
This could be done by integrated development by using appropriate technologies as it was done for the natural resources of Gujarat.
By developing, conserving and suitably using the rainwater, the ecological balance could be maintained for a longer period.
To improve the economic and social conditions of the section of society who do not have access to resources and facilities.