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MPs for time-bound training for panchayat functionaries

A Parliamentary committee has pulled up the Centre for not taking "any concrete step" for capacity building of panchayat functionaries, asking it to come up with a "specific time-bound" training programme.



New Delhi: A Parliamentary committee has
pulled up the Centre for not taking "any concrete step" for
capacity building of panchayat functionaries, asking it to
come up with a "specific time-bound" training programme.

"It (Ministry of Panchayati Raj) is yet to take any
concrete step to streamline training programmes (for capacity
building of panchayat functionaries) in the country." Standing
Committee on Rural Development, headed by Sumitra Mahajan,
noted in its latest report on demand for grants of the
Ministry.

In its previous report, the committee had recommended
preparing a time-bound programme for training of PRI
functionaries on the pattern of `Bharat Nirman` to achieve
targets. In the same report, the Committee had also asked the
Ministry to make training programmes more effective.

In Bharat Nirman programme, the Centre has adopted a
time-bound "business plan" for action in developing rural
infrastructure.

Under the programme, action is proposed in the areas of
irrigation, road, rural housing, rural water supply, rural
electrification and rural telecommunication connectivity with
specific targets to be achieved under each of these goals.

The committee in its report, tabled in the Lok Sabha
during the ongoing session, felt that the Ministry was "not
serious" in implementing its recommendation on the issue of
capacity building.

The Parliamentary panel said it was "dismayed" to note
that the Ministry furnished to it "most of the already known
information" when it was asked about the action taken by it on
the recommendation on the issue of capacity building.

The Ministry in their action taken reply stated that it
collected the information regarding number of trained elected
representatives, the committee noted.

According to the Ministry, it is working in mission mode
adopting National Capacity Building Framework (NCBF) and they
have organised three regional workshops in which states were
impressed upon the preparation of integrated perspective plan
for capacity building and training, it noted.

The Ministry also informed that it was taking initiative
for public-private partnership for the capacity building and
training programmes, it added.

"It (Ministry) must come up with the specific time-bound
training programmes for the panchayat functionaries so that
they can understand government machinery, programme and its
process to achieve the aim of the inclusive governance as
recommended to them earlier," The panel said.

-PTI

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