Hyderabad: Union Minister of State Panchayati Raj Kapil Moreshwar Patil visits NIRD
The Hon’ble Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Government of India (GoI) Shri KapilMoreshwarPatil, today visited the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRDPR), Rajendranagr,Hyderabad and interacted with the officials with regard to various activities being implemented by the Institute. Dr. G Nrendra Kumar IAS Director General (DG) NIRDPR, SmtRekha Yadav Joint Secretary Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI, Sri.SashiBhushan Finance Officer. Lt Col Ashutosh Kumar Registrar and Dr C Kathiresan , Associate professor and other senior faculty members and Project staff were present.
To start with the DG NIRDPR welcomed the Hon’ble Minister and made a detailed presentation on vision, focus areas and objectives of NIRDPR. During his presentation the DG highlighted the 62 years service rendered by the Institute to the nation in rural development.
He said, NIRDPR has come out with enhanced vision to improve the quality of life in Rural India and make it as an Institute of national eminence and global excellence for RD & PR .
Later he briefed about the activities each of its 7 schools and 21 centres. Some of the landmark achievements of the NIRDPR mentioned by the DG include evolving District Planning Methodologies, drafting of Model Bill for Panchayati Raj and Right to Information,designing and promotion of social audit for monitoring MGNREGA and more recently the Panchayat Citizen Charter, Panchayat Service Contracts, Social Audit Guidelines for 15th FC Grants etc.The DG also brought to the notice of the Hon’ble Minister that NIRDPR is submitting proposals to MoPR for up-gradation of Centre of Panchayati Raj as school excellence
Dr Radhika Rani, Associate Professor supplementing the presentation of DG explained how the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) resource centre of NIRDPR is supporting in formation and capacity building of 75 lakh SHGs, 3.24 lakh VOs in the country. Similarly Professor JyothisSatyapalen presented the performance of MGNREGA in the country during the last three years.
Next Dr C Kathiresan presented the activities of Centre of Panchayati Raj. He highlighted the
Certification of Master Resource Persons in all States/UTs for PR training and organizing To Ts for MRPs, SIRDPR faculty and other PR functionaries, developing of 250 model GP clusters (1105 Gram Panchayats) across all States for formulation of quality Gram Panchayat Development plans .
After that the Hon’ble Minister released the Model Training Manual for Contract Management of WASH services by GramPanchayats developed by NIRDPR. Sri Moh Taqiuddin Consultant briefed about the contents of the manual and method of organizing the training to PRIs on professionalization of WASH services in the Gram Panchayats.
At the end of NIRDPR presentations, the Hon’ble Minister addressed the gathering. He said GoI is investing about Rs 4 lakh crore on rural development programs. He raised some of the very pertinent issues with regard to implementation of these programs. He mentioned that in PMGSY contractors are quoting about 30% less and after signing the agreement the works are not being grounded for months together.
Further he said there is no quality monitoring of PMGSY road works. He requested the DG to design a monitoring system for all PMGSY works. He also suggested the NIRDPR can engage Auditors and deploy at the states for third party inspection of these works.
He also pointed that there is no provision for enhancement of the cost of PMAY housing,on account of price escalation and due to which many houses sanctioned to the beneficiaries are pending incomplete. He then mentioned about the Ayushman Bharat Scheme of GoI and suggested to explore the possibility of connecting the Scheme with SHGs for better coverage .
The Hon’ble Minister gave importance on conduct of training for the Elected Representatives on all the schemes of Central and State governments so that they can prepare development plans by converging all the schemes. He suggested NIRDPR to work out a system where the Capacity building and training programs of Panchayati Raj institutions can be outsourced to other professional agencies. He requested the joint secretary MoPR to identify potential sources for local revenue mobilization by the Panchayats across different geographical areas.
The program concluded with vote of thanks presented by the Director General NIRDPR