MoU with NCW to train women sarpanches

mou-with-ncwThe National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad collaborated with the National Commission for Women to impart training to develop capacity of women Panchayat Pradhans and women members of the Panchayats as an effort to build their capacity in governance. Both the parties on Wednesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in this regard at NIRD&PR during the launch of a month-long foundation day celebrations of the Institute.

Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, who delivered a lecture has exhorted the need to enhance the capabilities of women in governance.

The training to women elected representatives covers academics of governance such as administration, teach programmes available on money, teaching to conduct meetings besides imparting them IT training, she said. “While working with women in general and specially women from rural regions we realised that they are not part of decision making process. What we found that most Panchayat leaders don’t understand administration like accounting, reporting, liaison with various government offices, how to conduct meetings, know the laws, etc. Hence, it is very difficult for them to participate in decision making,” the Chairperson said.

“Women have actually understood that when they can be successful Sarpanchs or members of the Panchayat, they are given a lot more respect because they have decision making power,” the NCW chief said. This is an effort to empower women to take their decisions and enable them to become contributing members of their own communities, and added the first round of training of Trainers (TOT) would start by this month end or December second week from Rajasthan.

She further said that NCW is developing an App and the elected women representatives will be taught on how to use IT, things like construction of roads, toilets. Beginning this financial year about Rs 2 lakh crore is going to be transferred directly to the Panchayats. Today 53 per cent Panchayat pradhans all over the country are women, she pointed out.

The collaboration between the NIRD&PR and National Commission for Women will focus to establishing partnership to take up various activities towards empowerment of women, training elected women representatives of Panchayats in particular. The first phase of training will begin in six districts of Rajasthan covering over 9,000 women elected representatives, followed by Jharkhand and Assam, NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said adding “As per the MoU monitoring of this project will also be done.”

The training to women elected representatives covers academics of governance such as administration, teach programmes available on money, teaching to conduct meetings besides imparting them IT training, she said. “While working with women in general and specially women from rural regions we realised that they are not part of decision making process. What we found that most Panchayat leaders don’t understand administration like accounting, reporting, liaison with various government offices, how to conduct meetings, know the laws, etc. Hence, it is very difficult for them to participate in decision making,” the Chairperson

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