Centre wants PMEYSA resulted-oriented
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 09:36
  
New Delhi: The Centre is considering modification of a scheme meant for the empowerment of elected women and youth representatives in Panchayati Raj Institutions to make it "more robust and result-oriented".

"Taking into account the achievement and pitfalls after the introduction of PMEYSA, the ministry is considering modifying the scheme to make it more robust and result oriented," sources in the Panchayati Raj Ministry said.

Ministry held consultations with the states recently on modifying the scheme, which is being implemented in 25 states and Union Territories, and asked them to give "specific suggestions", sources added.

Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan (PMEYSA) was launched in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) for empowerment of elected women and youth representatives "in a systematic and programmatic manner".

The objective of the scheme is to knit the elected women in a network and empower them through group action so that both their participation and representation on local governance improve.

It also seeks to get the elected women over the "institutional, societal and political" constraints that prevent them from active participation in governance.

However, there are reports that many elected women were still "hesitant and tentative" in rising to the occasion, the sources said.

"Often, the men of the village do not accord them the respect and regard that is their due. Officials take advantage of their inexperience and poor education," they added.

Moreover, the ministry has also received complaints that in many cases spouses or male relatives of such women act as de-facto Pradhans or Pramuks and interfere in the functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 09:36


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