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
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
"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.