Thursday, June 9, 2011

Call to hone governing skills

by Staff Reporter

Thrissur: Sudhir Krishna, Special Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, has called upon the States to optimise the governing skills of the elected members through training for effective implementation of the Panchayati Raj system.

He was addressing a two-day regional workshop on ‘Capacity Building and Training of Elected Representatives and Functionaries of the Panchayati Raj Institutions,' at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Mulankunnathukavu, near here, on Wednesday.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) in association with the KILA to formulate strategies to strengthen the functioning capacity of the elected members of the Panchayati Raj institutions.

Upgrading of skills

The training would enable the local body representatives to upgrade their knowledge and skills to better perform their responsibilities, Mr. Krishna said. It would help them comprehend their own situations and find solutions through collective process.

The training would also equip them with operational skills required for day-today performance of executive duties of the panchayat. Apart from classroom teaching and field trips, more innovative strategies should be formulated for training, he said.

Additional Chief Secretary S.M. Vijayanand stressed the need for involving MLAs, political leaders and media persons in the training programme. He observed that women and newly elected representatives were more adoptive towards capacity-building programmes than seasoned leaders. With rotation of reservation seats, 90 per cent of the elected representatives were freshers, Mr. Vijayanand noted.

P.K. Bhatnagar, Under Secretary of the MoPR; and A.K. Pandey, Section Officer of the MoPR, explained the salient features of the Rashtreeya Gram Swaraj Yojana and the Backward Regions Grant Fund.

Review of programmes

The workshop would review the progress of implementation of Capacity Building and Training programmes for Panchayati Raj Institutions in various States.

Directors of training institutes from 11 States – Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu and Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu are participating in the workshop.

Source : http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/09/stories/2011060961300700.htm