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2009: Landmark year for empowering women through panchayats

 

Sunday, December 27, 2009 07:16:37 PM, UNI

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2009: An eventful year for Maharashtra

New Delhi: With Panchayati Raj institutions completing 50 years of inception, year 2009 which is also being observed as 'Year of the Gram Sabha', saw the Ministry of Panchayati Raj crossing several landmarks of which UPA-II rolling the red carpet to the process of further empowering women by initiating the process to offer them 50 per cent reservation.

 

Touted as ''the greatest experiment in democracy ever undertaken anywhere in the word at any time in history'', the move to emancipate and empower 2.52 lakh grassroots institutions of the country inched towards realising the nation's constitutional spirit of devolving ultimate powers to Panchayats in planning of economic development and social justice of the people at large.

 

Besides, the Ministry made several other strides during the year 2009 to achieve the goal of implementing schemes of economic and social development via panchayats in such a way that they function as ''units of self-government''.

 

On January 16, during a two-day National Conference of Chairpersons/CEOs of District Planning Committees, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, ''Every plan must start with a vision and it is important for us to look at what our collective vision ought to be. To my mind, the most important issues before us are to meet the challenge of reducing inequity and inequality. Following the envisioning process, a plan will need to emerge from the Gram Sabha at village level upwards.''

 

This led to substantive increase in government allocation to Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), with NREGA at the forefront that accounts for nearly Rs 85,000 crores.

 

In order to provide a completely fresh boost to the Local Governments (LGs), then Minister of Panchayati Raj and Development of North-East Region Mani Shankar Aiyar got a two-day 'National Consultation - Academics for Panchayati Raj' seminar organised on February 25, which deliberated upon issues relating to effective implementation of Panchayati Raj in the country.

 

During another seminar on 'Findings of Nationwide Survey on Elected Women Representatives in Panchayats', called to promote a dialogue between intellectuals and experts engaged in the field of Panchayati Raj and its working and the women representatives of panchayats functioning at the grassroots level on March 2, Mr Aiyer informed about political and social empowerment of women during panchayat elections with 12 lakh Women Representatives of panchayats getting elected, and which was without a parallel anywhere in the world.

 

Besides, this year the Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS), aimed at encouraging States for adequately empowering the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and putting in place arrangements for bringing about accountability of the PRIs, was reinforced with an annual provision of Rs 10 crore and which saw Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala being awarded with Rs 1.50 crore each for their outstanding work.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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