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Panchayats being enabled as ‘Agents of Change’, workshop intends to give it momentum

September 4, 2023 10:29 AM IST

Panchayati Raj Institutions | Panchayati Raj Ministry | Self Governance | Rural governance | Gram Sabha | PRI | Panchayati Raj

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj is organizing a two-day National Stakeholder Consultative Workshop to address emerging and pressing issues of Panchayats and the roadmap ahead for enabling Panchayats as “Change Makers” or “Agents of Change”. The workshop will serve as a knowledge sharing platform for all the major stakeholders including elected representatives and functionaries of three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions from across the country.

This workshop is being held at National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) in Hyderabad on 4th and 5th September, 2023. The new ideas which will emerge during the two-day National Stakeholder Consultative Workshop will help maximizing the efficiencies and improving the work ethics of Panchayati Raj Institutions, optimizing the resource utilization and executing the objectives laid out in the Vision 2047 for Panchayats

The workshop will focus broadly on issues such as Panchayat Election, Gram Sabha & Standing Committees and their empowerment, Functioning of Panchayats, Panchayat Finances and Own Source of Revenue, Leadership Role for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs), and Evidence–based Planning, on which subjectmatter experts, elected representatives and functionaries and other stakeholders will share their views and valuable insights. Indicative questions or topics have also been identified for Focus Group Discussions.

The outcomes of the National Stakeholder Consultative Workshop will help in laying the foundation for future–ready Panchayats encompassing the true essence of Amrit Kaal as envisioned by the Prime Minister and better planning to localize and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in rural areas.

The National Stakeholder Consultative Workshop will also play a pivotal role in positioning the Gram Sabhas at the core of Panchayati Raj for effective participatory local self-governance and ensuring transparency and accountability of the Gram Panchayats.

Consultative Workshop will conclude with Group Presentations on each of the identified themes and an open-house session for inviting ideas and suggestions for enhancing capabilities and efficiencies of Panchayats and carving a way forward towards achieving the stated goals in defined timeframe.

The initiative of National Stakeholder Consultative Workshop is a firm step to further continued commitment and accelerate the collective efforts towards delivering on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in rural areas through Panchayati Raj Institutions by 2030.

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