Hyderabad: The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad collaborated with the National Commission for Women to impart training to develop the 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. Marking the inauguration of celebrations, the NIRD&PR organised the foundation day lecture on Wednesday. The lecture was delivered by Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson, National Commission for Women.
The event began with an inaugural address by Dr W. R Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD&PR. Addressing the gathering at the event, the Director-General said, since the inception, the Institute has evolved into a highly reputed organisation and became a brand in the fields of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation. The Director General also mentioned that after the independence, we have achieved a lot in terms of inclusive development. But the country still has a long way to go in achieving 100% inclusive development, especially of the women. The contribution of women in the inclusive development is unique and it is a great opportunity for us to celebrate their hard work by making it the theme of the foundation day lecture, the DG said.
The government has done a lot in mobilising women and forming self-help groups which provided livelihoods to them across the country. We at NIRD&PR have an exclusive Centre for Gender Studies and Development, which organises various programmes on gender equality, women empowerment. The Institute collaborated with various international organisations like UNO, CIRDAP and Asian Productivity Organisation in this regard. The Institute also collaborated with the National Commission for Women to train women elected representatives from three States, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Assam on administration and planning skills. The training will begin with Rajasthan initially and will be followed by Jharkhand and Assam. Concluding his address, the Director-General hoped that this initiative will bring a massive change in the grassroots level administration done by women elected representatives.
The collaboration between the NIRD&PR and National Commission for Women will focus on establishing a 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 especially 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.